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

Ticketing women and men
(all departments, alphabetically)

Note: Speeding citations only. Readers are cautioned not to make much of percentages when they are based on a small number of cases, such as fewer than 50.

An asterisk (*) indicates department submitted no warnings.

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 women % ticketed men Citations women Citations men
Abington 10% 16% 29 38
Acton* 100% 100% 73 110
Acushnet 55% 80% 11 51
Adams 41% 32% 17 28
Agawam 26% 39% 125 180
Amesbury 16% 30% 67 86
Amherst 8% 11% 120 169
Andover 34% 46% 165 216
Aquinnah N/A 14% 0 7
Arlington 5% 12% 111 171
Ashburnham 30% 37% 27 46
Ashby 22% 46% 32 97
Ashfield 57% 88% 7 16
Ashland 32% 27% 47 56
Athol 36% 41% 14 22
Attleboro 91% 90% 195 208
Auburn 79% 87% 76 175
Avon 76% 73% 37 105
Ayer 34% 39% 104 208
Barnstable 20% 32% 312 306
Barre 34% 47% 29 32
Becket 67% 40% 3 10
Bedford 15% 27% 67 116
Belchertown 52% 71% 61 116
Bellingham 52% 65% 152 273
Belmont 11% 24% 123 178
Berkley 92% 100% 13 26
Berlin 91% 95% 11 21
Bernardston 80% 63% 5 8
Beverly 49% 53% 138 143
Billerica 45% 62% 172 218
Blackstone 36% 46% 157 216
Blandford 33% 100% 9 2
Bolton 19% 22% 16 27
Boston 47% 52% 2,636 3,998
Bourne 17% 34% 84 140
Boxborough 21% 36% 33 50
Boxford 30% 29% 27 55
Boylston 35% 52% 46 63
Braintree 4% 13% 182 278
Brewster 10% 24% 31 54
Bridgewater 3% 10% 358 429
Bridgewater State College 50% 0% 4 4
Brimfield 25% 39% 16 28
Brockton 91% 78% 35 91
Brookfield 70% 75% 71 101
Brookline 40% 47% 545 799
Buckland 38% 0% 8 2
Burlington 23% 33% 154 222
Cambridge 28% 31% 99 171
Canton 32% 45% 218 274
Carlisle 25% 37% 16 46
Carver 0% 16% 9 19
Charlemont 20% 21% 10 19
Charlton 50% 61% 64 94
Chatham 23% 35% 26 31
Chelmsford 46% 58% 52 99
Chelsea 84% 89% 224 442
Cheshire 54% 45% 24 38
Chester 40% 52% 5 25
Chesterfield 56% 74% 16 31
Chicopee 64% 59% 97 188
Chilmark N/A 0% 0 3
Clarksburg 33% 61% 15 33
Clinton 40% 48% 43 46
Cohasset 26% 22% 81 85
Colrain 0% 100% 1 3
Concord 59% 66% 118 152
Conway 50% 33% 4 3
Cummington* 100% 100% 6 8
Dalton 67% 64% 24 42
Danvers 13% 27% 154 195
Dartmouth 60% 59% 15 41
Dedham 31% 35% 306 466
Deerfield 23% 26% 39 38
Dennis 9% 11% 65 150
Dighton 50% 25% 2 8
Douglas 19% 30% 59 135
Dover 6% 20% 33 40
Dracut 16% 15% 128 204
Dudley 93% 90% 40 52
Dunstable 47% 53% 15 36
Duxbury 5% 9% 283 315
East Bridgewater 29% 50% 52 86
East Brookfield 22% 34% 32 76
East Longmeadow 57% 71% 30 56
Eastham 33% 41% 159 269
Easthampton 54% 70% 50 50
Easton 23% 43% 209 219
Edgartown 36% 47% 14 19
Egremont 45% 57% 64 103
Environmental Police 100% 67% 1 12
Erving 35% 75% 20 44
Essex 69% 83% 13 29
Everett 16% 29% 25 59
Fairhaven 31% 41% 39 41
Fall River 87% 90% 308 356
Falmouth 13% 19% 482 655
Fitchburg 16% 40% 74 90
Foxborough 9% 23% 54 48
Framingham 53% 54% 90 105
Franklin 21% 23% 362 405
Freetown 49% 57% 43 93
Gardner 65% 79% 75 149
Georgetown 90% 94% 10 18
Gill 54% 69% 39 45
Gloucester* 100% 100% 3 18
Goshen 79% 67% 14 24
Grafton 4% 16% 25 57
Granby 63% 67% 19 27
Granville N/A 67% 0 3
Great Barrington 75% 74% 8 27
Greenfield 37% 50% 57 58
Groton 50% 61% 44 51
Groveland 65% 71% 49 56
Hadley 28% 38% 83 69
Halifax 61% 79% 18 24
Hamilton 36% 36% 36 33
Hampden 57% 67% 49 55
Hanover 50% 69% 8 36
Hanson 77% 76% 73 117
Hardwick 56% 62% 18 29
Harvard 38% 46% 16 37
Harwich 7% 18% 72 89
Hatfield 59% 76% 17 17
Haverhill 97% 89% 29 66
Hingham 15% 29% 96 167
Hinsdale* 100% 100% 18 32
Holbrook 100% N/A 1 0
Holden 14% 26% 137 172
Holland 75% 85% 4 13
Holliston 55% 42% 44 66
Holyoke 93% 78% 41 46
Hopedale 23% 25% 48 77
Hopkinton 45% 41% 53 92
Hubbardston 38% 33% 37 54
Hudson 6% 17% 70 121
Hull 50% 86% 10 14
Huntington* N/A 100% 0 1
Ipswich 50% 43% 6 14
Kingston 18% 56% 17 9
Lakeville 79% 73% 14 45
Lancaster 27% 51% 67 72
Lanesborough 69% 57% 13 37
Lawrence 15% 34% 61 114
Lee 60% 72% 15 32
Leicester 33% 54% 15 48
Lenox 18% 32% 169 187
Leominster 48% 54% 102 171
Leverett 64% 92% 14 25
Lexington 74% 73% 38 70
Leyden* N/A 100% 0 2
Lincoln 45% 51% 145 212
Littleton 64% 88% 44 58
Longmeadow 19% 23% 94 124
Lowell 92% 90% 71 153
Ludlow 100% 94% 26 47
Lunenburg 46% 48% 13 25
Lynn 68% 63% 177 233
Lynnfield 75% 50% 4 8
Malden 77% 84% 145 205
Manchester-by-the-Sea 68% 72% 38 64
Mansfield 40% 38% 62 93
Marblehead 50% 55% 2 11
Marion 38% 36% 8 11
Marlborough 46% 53% 250 333
Marshfield 45% 65% 124 144
Mashpee 13% 25% 30 44
Massasoit Community College 56% 83% 9 18
Mattapoisett 9% 16% 43 58
Maynard 81% 87% 58 117
MBTA 75% 90% 8 20
Medfield 4% 15% 27 26
Medford 77% 80% 114 189
Medway 6% 13% 127 209
Melrose 26% 41% 35 32
Mendon 79% 79% 171 203
Merrimac 67% 83% 9 29
Methuen 34% 45% 79 93
Metro Police Lower Basin Dist.* 100% 100% 3 10
Middleborough 79% 83% 107 231
Middleton 47% 63% 51 49
Milford 11% 36% 66 115
Millbury 63% 63% 16 30
Millis 50% 68% 12 22
Millville 20% 33% 15 27
Milton 14% 19% 138 229
Monson 27% 51% 26 63
Montague 29% 50% 7 10
Monterey* 100% 100% 15 29
Nahant 67% 46% 3 13
Nantucket 50% 69% 4 13
Natick 75% 83% 266 359
Needham 5% 2% 93 85
New Bedford 24% 46% 111 136
New Braintree* 100% 100% 1 4
New Salem 100% 80% 2 5
Newbury 33% 50% 48 101
Newburyport 20% 29% 255 257
Newton 5% 7% 522 703
Norfolk 4% 12% 85 77
North Adams 90% 81% 29 27
North Andover 41% 56% 139 170
North Attleborough 31% 37% 145 177
North Brookfield 50% 40% 8 25
North Reading 19% 36% 27 66
Northampton 9% 13% 89 83
Northborough 38% 57% 81 131
Northbridge 2% 9% 209 286
Northfield 89% 82% 28 57
Norton 8% 26% 38 80
Norwell 57% 43% 30 67
Norwood 15% 21% 285 392
Oak Bluffs 27% 46% 15 37
Oakham* 100% 100% 14 24
Orange 60% 65% 10 26
Orleans 30% 58% 10 26
Otis 25% 45% 8 31
Oxford 8% 36% 13 22
Palmer 10% 15% 159 193
Paxton 12% 31% 74 108
Peabody 8% 18% 130 89
Pelham 82% 84% 62 88
Pembroke 23% 24% 111 128
Pepperell 5% 22% 80 119
Peru 0% 0% 1 2
Petersham 93% 96% 14 23
Phillipston 8% 33% 13 27
Pittsfield 73% 73% 156 194
Plainville 80% 90% 10 21
Plymouth 11% 18% 656 777
Plympton 46% 48% 35 31
Princeton 15% 29% 33 56
Provincetown 50% 48% 6 21
Quincy 4% 8% 186 284
Randolph 51% 69% 85 114
Raynham 85% 90% 61 60
Reading 4% 9% 152 204
Rehoboth 54% 74% 13 47
Revere 45% 59% 166 211
Rochester 38% 36% 13 22
Rockland 56% 54% 124 149
Rockport 25% 71% 12 28
Rowe N/A 0% 0 3
Rowley 44% 66% 25 53
Royalston* 100% 100% 7 7
Rutland 36% 40% 14 57
Salem 87% 95% 87 125
Salisbury 75% 85% 40 52
Sandisfield* N/A 100% 0 1
Sandwich 12% 26% 52 77
Saugus 71% 82% 24 17
Scituate 15% 14% 26 28
Seekonk 49% 52% 59 71
Sharon 58% 60% 38 58
Sheffield 97% 100% 36 58
Shelburne 50% 80% 8 20
Sherborn 12% 19% 57 99
Shirley 24% 27% 25 59
Shrewsbury 15% 31% 208 280
Shutesbury 50% 76% 22 33
Somerset 17% 26% 112 129
Somerville 36% 52% 14 44
South Hadley 63% 81% 24 31
Southampton 29% 54% 31 48
Southborough 7% 20% 82 104
Southbridge 48% 70% 33 47
Southwick 0% 21% 9 24
Spencer 59% 64% 41 86
Springfield 27% 34% 204 267
State Police 74% 78% 8,848 18,512
Sterling 44% 56% 59 82
Stockbridge 7% 3% 28 29
Stoneham 0% 25% 5 12
Stoughton 96% 96% 161 203
Stow 33% 61% 21 31
Sturbridge 52% 75% 96 141
Sudbury 10% 14% 229 322
Sunderland 56% 70% 9 10
Sutton 18% 60% 38 65
Swampscott 46% 59% 76 73
Swansea 25% 35% 113 104
Taunton 35% 19% 17 36
Templeton 16% 27% 93 90
Templeton Developmental Center N/A 0% 0 3
Tewksbury 33% 55% 66 105
Tisbury 0% 42% 1 12
Tolland* N/A 100% 0 2
Topsfield 70% 77% 44 43
Townsend 12% 23% 102 192
Truro 50% 61% 18 46
Tyngsborough 57% 61% 58 113
Tyringham 25% 75% 4 4
Univ Of Mass Amherst 60% 86% 15 29
Univ Of Mass Boston 0% 41% 3 17
Univ Of Mass Dartmouth 100% 89% 3 9
Univ of Mass Lowell N/A 100% 0 1
Univ Of Mass Worcester 25% 50% 4 2
Upton 30% 34% 83 126
Uxbridge 10% 12% 52 59
Wakefield 18% 30% 94 120
Wales* N/A 100% 0 1
Walpole 21% 24% 107 103
Walter East Ferneld State School N/A 0% 0 1
Waltham 17% 19% 344 517
Ware 59% 58% 29 52
Wareham 50% 70% 62 106
Warren 40% 58% 10 12
Warwick* N/A 100% 0 1
Watertown 45% 63% 254 409
Wayland* 100% 100% 8 24
Webster 48% 41% 21 34
Wellesley 24% 39% 204 319
Wellfleet 39% 49% 85 141
Wendell 100% 63% 1 8
Wenham 25% 29% 55 59
West Boylston 35% 38% 34 52
West Bridgewater 27% 38% 48 76
West Brookfield 53% 62% 47 106
West Newbury 48% 53% 42 57
West Springfield 69% 68% 94 101
West Stockbridge 96% 89% 23 37
West Tisbury 19% 30% 16 33
Westborough 12% 20% 238 313
Westfield 48% 57% 116 141
Westfield State College 0% 0% 3 4
Westford 20% 35% 106 139
Westhampton 67% 100% 6 8
Westminster 84% 84% 116 134
Weston 17% 20% 107 157
Westport 58% 77% 43 81
Westwood 6% 11% 49 70
Weymouth 34% 41% 358 442
Whately 59% 65% 41 57
Whitman 89% 94% 19 33
Wilbraham 28% 36% 232 282
Williamsburg 76% 87% 29 31
Williamstown 37% 42% 68 99
Wilmington 12% 13% 143 210
Winchendon 25% 65% 12 20
Winchester 7% 7% 110 126
Windsor* 100% N/A 1 0
Winthrop 81% 88% 37 69
Woburn* 100% 100% 142 163
Worcester 83% 86% 528 710
Worcester County Sheriff 50% 0% 2 2
Worthington 67% 73% 3 11
Wrentham 57% 47% 69 122
Yarmouth 22% 44% 72 89

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