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The Boston Globe OnlineBoston.com Boston Globe Online / Speed Trap: Who gets a ticket, who gets a breal

Ticketing whites vs. minorities
(larger departments, ranked by size)

Note: Speeding citations only. Includes only departments with at least 100 citations to whites and to minorities. The "difference" column indicates a percentage-point difference, subtracting one rate from the other.

Source: Boston Globe analysis of tickets and warnings in Massachusetts, April and May 2001, from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
See methodology and articles

Police Department % ticketed white % ticketed minority Difference Citations white Citations minority
State Police 76% 80% 4% 23,178 3,888
Boston 43% 53% 10% 3,430 2,860
Brookline 43% 47% 4% 1,044 297
Worcester 83% 91% 8% 1,006 206
Newton 6% 8% 2% 1,047 134
Waltham 16% 30% 14% 727 132
Dedham 33% 36% 3% 642 121
Watertown 51% 70% 19% 478 185
Chelsea 86% 90% 4% 482 181
Natick 77% 90% 13% 498 124
Marlborough 46% 64% 18% 459 121
Springfield 30% 36% 6% 370 101
Quincy 5% 9% 4% 341 102
Lynn 64% 67% 3% 306 104
Milton 15% 19% 4% 208 157

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