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

Ticketing women vs. men
(larger departments, ranked by size)

Note: Speeding citations only. Includes only departments with at least 100 citations to women and to men. 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 women % ticketed men Difference Citations women Citations men
State Police 74% 78% 4% 8,848 18,512
Boston 47% 52% 5% 2,636 3,998
Plymouth 11% 18% 7% 656 777
Brookline 40% 47% 7% 545 799
Worcester 83% 86% 3% 528 710
Newton 5% 7% 2% 522 703
Falmouth 13% 19% 6% 482 655
Waltham 17% 19% 2% 344 517
Weymouth 34% 41% 7% 358 442
Bridgewater 3% 10% 7% 358 429
Dedham 31% 35% 4% 306 466
Franklin 21% 23% 2% 362 405
Norwood 15% 21% 6% 285 392
Chelsea 84% 89% 5% 224 442
Fall River 87% 90% 3% 308 356
Watertown 45% 63% 18% 254 409
Natick 75% 83% 8% 266 359
Barnstable 20% 32% 12% 312 306
Duxbury 5% 9% 4% 283 315
Marlborough 46% 53% 7% 250 333
Sudbury 10% 14% 4% 229 322
Westborough 12% 20% 8% 238 313
Wellesley 24% 39% 15% 204 319
Wilbraham 28% 36% 8% 232 282
Newburyport 20% 29% 9% 255 257
Northbridge 2% 9% 7% 209 286
Canton 32% 45% 13% 218 274
Shrewsbury 15% 31% 16% 208 280
Springfield 27% 34% 7% 204 267
Quincy 4% 8% 4% 186 284
Braintree 4% 13% 9% 182 278
Easton 23% 43% 20% 209 219
Eastham 33% 41% 8% 159 269
Bellingham 52% 65% 13% 152 273
Lynn 68% 63% -5% 177 233
Attleboro 91% 90% -1% 195 208
Billerica 45% 62% 17% 172 218
Andover 34% 46% 12% 165 216
Revere 45% 59% 14% 166 211
Burlington 23% 33% 10% 154 222
Mendon 79% 79% 0% 171 203
Blackstone 36% 46% 10% 157 216
Milton 14% 19% 5% 138 229
Stoughton 96% 96% 0% 161 203
Lincoln 45% 51% 6% 145 212
Lenox 18% 32% 14% 169 187
Reading 4% 9% 5% 152 204
Wilmington 12% 13% 1% 143 210
Palmer 10% 15% 5% 159 193
Pittsfield 73% 73% 0% 156 194
Malden 77% 84% 7% 145 205
Danvers 13% 27% 14% 154 195
Middleborough 79% 83% 4% 107 231
Medway 6% 13% 7% 127 209
Dracut 16% 15% -1% 128 204
North Attleborough 31% 37% 6% 145 177
Ayer 34% 39% 5% 104 208
North Andover 41% 56% 15% 139 170
Holden 14% 26% 12% 137 172
Agawam 26% 39% 13% 125 180
Medford 77% 80% 3% 114 189
Belmont 11% 24% 13% 123 178
Townsend 12% 23% 11% 102 192
Amherst 8% 11% 3% 120 169
Arlington 5% 12% 7% 111 171
Beverly 49% 53% 4% 138 143
Leominster 48% 54% 6% 102 171
Rockland 56% 54% -2% 124 149
Concord 59% 66% 7% 118 152
Marshfield 45% 65% 20% 124 144
Weston 17% 20% 3% 107 157
Westfield 48% 57% 9% 116 141
Westminster 84% 84% 0% 116 134
New Bedford 24% 46% 22% 111 136
Westford 20% 35% 15% 106 139
Somerset 17% 26% 9% 112 129
Pembroke 23% 24% 1% 111 128
Winchester 7% 7% 0% 110 126
Swansea 25% 35% 10% 113 104
Walpole 21% 24% 3% 107 103

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