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

Toughest police on speeders
(all departments, alphabetically)

Note: Speeding citations only. * indicates department submitted no warnings. Readers are cautioned not to make much of percentages when they are based on a small number of cases, such as fewer than 50.

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 Citations Tickets Warnings % Ticketed
Abington 68 9 59 13
Acton* 192 192 0 100*
Acushnet 62 47 15 76
Adams 45 16 29 36
Agawam 306 103 203 34
Amesbury 153 37 116 24
Amherst 290 28 262 10
Andover 383 156 227 41
Aquinnah 7 1 6 14
Arlington 282 25 257 9
Ashburnham 73 25 48 34
Ashby 129 52 77 40
Ashfield 23 18 5 78
Ashland 103 30 73 29
Athol 36 14 22 39
Attleboro 403 365 38 91
Auburn 253 214 39 85
Avon 142 105 37 74
Ayer 313 117 196 37
Barnstable 619 160 459 26
Barre 61 25 36 41
Becket 13 6 7 46
Bedford 183 41 142 22
Belchertown 177 114 63 64
Bellingham 425 256 169 60
Belmont 301 56 245 19
Berkley 39 38 1 97
Berlin 32 30 2 94
Bernardston 13 9 4 69
Beverly 282 143 139 51
Billerica 391 214 177 55
Blackstone 373 156 217 42
Blandford 11 5 6 45
Bolton 44 10 34 23
Boston 6656 3327 3329 50
Bourne 225 62 163 28
Boxborough 83 25 58 30
Boxford 83 24 59 29
Boylston 110 49 61 45
Braintree 461 43 418 9
Brewster 85 16 69 19
Bridgewater 787 53 734 7
Bridgewater State College 8 2 6 25
Brimfield 45 16 29 36
Brockton 126 103 23 82
Brookfield 173 126 47 73
Brookline 1349 593 756 44
Buckland 10 3 7 30
Burlington 376 110 266 29
Cambridge 270 81 189 30
Canton 495 197 298 40
Carlisle 62 21 41 34
Carver 28 3 25 11
Charlemont 29 6 23 21
Charlton 159 90 69 57
Chatham 57 17 40 30
Chelmsford 152 81 71 53
Chelsea 668 583 85 87
Cheshire 64 32 32 50
Chester 30 15 15 50
Chesterfield 47 32 15 68
Chicopee 285 173 112 61
Chilmark 3 0 3 0
Clarksburg 48 25 23 52
Clinton 89 39 50 44
Cohasset 166 40 126 24
Colrain 4 3 1 75
Concord 270 170 100 63
Conway 7 3 4 43
Cummington* 14 14 0 100*
Dalton 66 43 23 65
Danvers 351 73 278 21
Dartmouth 57 34 23 60
Dedham 776 261 515 34
Deerfield 77 19 58 25
Dennis 215 23 192 11
Dighton 10 3 7 30
Douglas 195 52 143 27
Dover 73 10 63 14
Dracut 332 51 281 15
Dudley 92 84 8 91
Dunstable 52 27 25 52
Duxbury 604 43 561 7
East Bridgewater 138 58 80 42
East Brookfield 108 33 75 31
East Longmeadow 86 57 29 66
Eastham 429 164 265 38
Easthampton 100 62 38 62
Easton 429 144 285 34
Edgartown 34 14 20 41
Egremont 167 88 79 53
Environmental Police 15 11 4 73
Erving 64 40 24 63
Essex 43 34 9 79
Everett 85 21 64 25
Fairhaven 80 29 51 36
Fall River 665 590 75 89
Falmouth 1138 187 951 16
Fitchburg 164 48 116 29
Foxborough 102 16 86 16
Framingham 196 106 90 54
Franklin 771 169 602 22
Freetown 136 74 62 54
Gardner 224 166 58 74
Georgetown 28 26 2 93
Gill 84 52 32 62
Gloucester* 21 21 0 100*
Goshen 38 27 11 71
Grafton 82 10 72 12
Granby 46 30 16 65
Granville 3 2 1 67
Great Barrington 36 26 10 72
Greenfield 115 50 65 43
Groton 95 53 42 56
Groveland 105 72 33 69
Hadley 152 49 103 32
Halifax 42 30 12 71
Hamilton 69 25 44 36
Hampden 105 65 40 62
Hanover 44 29 15 66
Hanson 190 145 45 76
Hardwick 47 28 19 60
Harvard 53 23 30 43
Harwich 161 21 140 13
Hatfield 34 23 11 68
Haverhill 96 88 8 92
Hingham 263 63 200 24
Hinsdale* 50 50 0 100*
Holbrook* 1 1 0 100
Holden 310 64 246 21
Holland 18 15 3 83
Holliston 110 52 58 47
Holyoke 88 75 13 85
Hopedale 125 30 95 24
Hopkinton 145 62 83 43
Hubbardston 91 32 59 35
Hudson 191 24 167 13
Hull 24 17 7 71
Huntington* 1 1 0 100*
Ipswich 20 9 11 45
Kingston 28 9 19 32
Lakeville 59 44 15 75
Lancaster 139 55 84 40
Lanesborough 51 30 21 59
Lawrence 181 49 132 27
Lee 48 33 15 69
Leicester 63 31 32 49
Lenox 357 91 266 25
Leominster 274 142 132 52
Leverett 40 33 7 83
Lexington 108 79 29 73
Leyden* 2 2 0 100*
Lincoln 358 173 185 48
Littleton 102 79 23 77
Longmeadow 218 46 172 21
Lowell 224 203 21 91
Ludlow 73 70 3 96
Lunenburg 38 18 20 47
Lynn 410 267 143 65
Lynnfield 12 7 5 58
Malden 350 284 66 81
Manchester-by-the-Sea 102 72 30 71
Mansfield 155 60 95 39
Marblehead 13 7 6 54
Marion 19 7 12 37
Marlborough 586 294 292 50
Marshfield 269 151 118 56
Mashpee 76 16 60 21
Massasoit Community College 27 20 7 74
Mattapoisett 101 13 88 13
Maynard 177 151 26 85
MBTA 30 26 4 87
Medfield 53 5 48 9
Medford 306 243 63 79
Medway 338 34 304 10
Melrose 67 22 45 33
Mendon 374 296 78 79
Merrimac 38 30 8 79
Methuen 172 69 103 40
Metro Police Lower Basin Dist.* 13 13 0 100*
Middleborough 340 278 62 82
Middleton 100 55 45 55
Milford 181 48 133 27
Millbury 46 29 17 63
Millis 34 21 13 62
Millville 42 12 30 29
Milton 367 63 304 17
Monson 89 39 50 44
Montague 17 7 10 41
Monterey* 45 45 0 100*
Nahant 16 8 8 50
Nantucket 17 11 6 65
Natick 626 497 129 79
Needham 179 8 171 4
New Bedford 249 89 160 36
New Braintree* 5 5 0 100*
New Salem 7 6 1 86
Newbury 149 67 82 45
Newburyport 513 127 386 25
Newton 1238 75 1163 6
Norfolk 162 12 150 7
North Adams 56 48 8 86
North Andover 310 152 158 49
North Attleborough 322 111 211 34
North Brookfield 33 14 19 42
North Reading 93 29 64 31
Northampton 172 19 153 11
Northborough 214 107 107 50
Northbridge 496 32 464 6
Northfield 85 72 13 85
Norton 118 24 94 20
Norwell 97 46 51 47
Norwood 679 126 553 19
Oak Bluffs 52 21 31 40
Oakham* 38 38 0 100*
Orange 36 23 13 64
Orleans 36 18 18 50
Otis 39 16 23 41
Oxford 37 9 28 24
Palmer 352 45 307 13
Paxton 182 42 140 23
Peabody 220 27 193 12
Pelham 151 126 25 83
Pembroke 239 57 182 24
Pepperell 199 30 169 15
Peru 3 0 3 0
Petersham 37 35 2 95
Phillipston 40 10 30 25
Pittsfield 350 256 94 73
Plainville 31 27 4 87
Plymouth 1434 211 1223 15
Plympton 66 31 35 47
Princeton 89 21 68 24
Provincetown 27 13 14 48
Quincy 486 31 455 6
Randolph 199 122 77 61
Raynham 122 107 15 88
Reading 356 24 332 7
Rehoboth 60 42 18 70
Revere 382 202 180 53
Rochester 35 13 22 37
Rockland 273 151 122 55
Rockport 40 23 17 58
Rowe 3 0 3 0
Rowley 79 46 33 58
Royalston* 14 14 0 100*
Rutland 71 28 43 39
Salem 213 196 17 92
Salisbury 93 75 18 81
Sandisfield* 1 1 0 100*
Sandwich 129 26 103 20
Saugus 42 32 10 76
Scituate 54 8 46 15
Seekonk 130 66 64 51
Sharon 97 58 39 60
Sheffield 97 96 1 99
Shelburne 28 20 8 71
Sherborn 156 26 130 17
Shirley 84 22 62 26
Shrewsbury 489 117 372 24
Shutesbury 55 36 19 65
Somerset 242 53 189 22
Somerville 59 29 30 49
South Hadley 55 40 15 73
Southampton 80 35 45 44
Southborough 186 27 159 15
Southbridge 80 49 31 61
Southwick 33 5 28 15
Spencer 127 79 48 62
Springfield 471 147 324 31
State Police 27454 21041 6413 77
Sterling 143 73 70 51
Stockbridge 57 3 54 5
Stoneham 17 3 14 18
Stoughton 364 349 15 96
Stow 52 26 26 50
Sturbridge 237 156 81 66
Sudbury 551 67 484 12
Sunderland 19 12 7 63
Sutton 103 46 57 45
Swampscott 149 78 71 52
Swansea 217 64 153 29
Taunton 53 13 40 25
Templeton 183 39 144 21
Templeton Developmental Center 3 0 3 0
Tewksbury 172 81 91 47
Tisbury 14 6 8 43
Tolland* 2 2 0 100*
Topsfield 87 64 23 74
Townsend 295 58 237 20
Truro 64 37 27 58
Tyngsborough 171 102 69 60
Tyringham 8 4 4 50
Univ Of Mass Amherst 44 34 10 77
Univ Of Mass Boston 20 7 13 35
Univ Of Mass Dartmouth 12 11 1 92
Univ Of Mass Lowell* 1 1 0 100
Univ Of Mass Worcester 6 2 4 33
Upton 210 69 141 33
Uxbridge 111 12 99 11
Wakefield 214 53 161 25
Wales* 1 1 0 100*
Walpole 220 50 170 23
Walter East Ferneld State School 1 0 1 0
Waltham 862 156 706 18
Ware 81 47 34 58
Wareham 168 105 63 63
Warren 22 11 11 50
Warwick* 1 1 0 100*
Watertown 663 371 292 56
Wayland* 32 32 0 100*
Webster 55 24 31 44
Wellesley 523 174 349 33
Wellfleet 226 102 124 45
Wendell 9 6 3 67
Wenham 114 31 83 27
West Boylston 86 32 54 37
West Bridgewater 124 42 82 34
West Brookfield 153 91 62 59
West Newbury 101 52 49 51
West Springfield 195 134 61 69
West Stockbridge 60 55 5 92
West Tisbury 49 13 36 27
Westborough 552 90 462 16
Westfield 257 136 121 53
Westfield State College 7 0 7 0
Westford 245 70 175 29
Westhampton 14 12 2 86
Westminster 251 212 39 84
Weston 265 49 216 18
Westport 125 88 37 70
Westwood 119 11 108 9
Weymouth 806 301 505 37
Whately 99 61 38 62
Whitman 52 48 4 92
Wilbraham 514 166 348 32
Williamsburg 60 49 11 82
Williamstown 168 68 100 40
Wilmington 355 46 309 13
Winchendon 32 16 16 50
Winchester 237 17 220 7
Windsor* 1 1 0 100*
Winthrop 107 92 15 86
Woburn* 305 305 0 100*
Worcester 1241 1052 189 85
Worcester County Sheriff 4 1 3 25
Worthington 14 10 4 71
Wrentham 192 96 96 50
Yarmouth 161 55 106 34

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