How Many Tickets Did Police Give Out Last Year?

Readers are curious about how many tickets police gave out in 2011.

Welcome to You Asked...Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions from readers regarding tickets issued by police. Patch readers want to know how many tickets were issued last year. Here's your answer.

According to , last year they gave out 4,432 tickets. gave out 322 tickets. Here are some specific violations:


Violation Number of Tickets Speeding and speeding in violation of a specific regulation 908 Red light/right on red/stop sign 753 Lane 198 Defective Equipment 786 Insurance 119 Operating with Suspended/ Revoked licenses/registrations 682 Operating under the influence 28 Inspection sticker 570 Failure to yield 46

North Reading

Violation Number of Tickets Speeding 110 Red light/stop sign 40 Lane 22 Defective Equipment 34 Insurance 6 Suspended/ Revoked licenses/registrations 17 Operating under the influence 12 Inspection sticker 20 License (90/10 & 90/11) 35 Failure to yield 13 Unregistered motor vehicle 13
Rob April 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Holy cow. I see the Reading police are alot busier. A good follow up article might be to ask the police departments why there are 13 times as many tickets written in Reading.
liam o'connell April 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Reading PD is stepping it up. Keep up the good work!
Jessica April 30, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Ever since we were teenagers, Reading was the town to avoid because of how tough the cops were. They must bring in a boat load of revenue to the town.
Christine April 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
How do these numbers compare to other similar towns? Reading and North Reading are very different towns. How does reading compare to Wakefield or Stoneham? Or the state average?
DAP April 30, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Yeah right, real good work Liam (who ever you are)
Jamie B April 30, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Several years ago the Reading Chronicle printed an article with a similar theme, but it compared several other local towns as well. Then as now, Reading wrote 8-10 times as many tickets as the surrounding communities. Yet, I bet if you compared overall crime and/or accident rates, Reading's are probably about the same. Reading has long had a very aggressive ticketing policy, and it's not just for people from out of town.
Paul May 01, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I'm sure that Reading's aggressive policy is causing residents to pay much more in auto insurance costs after the loss of good driver credits.
RoseLM May 01, 2012 at 12:39 AM
i dont see how you could look at this as good work, there is obvioulsly i deeper issue here, and it lies in our police department
DAP May 01, 2012 at 12:42 AM
It would be interesting to see a break down of number of miles of streets in comparison to the size of the police force, and apply to surrounding towns. The metric would need further refinement but I think it would be interesting to consider. If the ratio of miles per cop were higher than most, these number of tickets might be warranted, but if the ratio is similar, these numbers are unjustified. I ask the Patch investigate this angle.
Jessica May 01, 2012 at 01:08 AM
This issue has been going on for decades. Its the way the Reading police roll.
liam o'connell May 01, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I think its a job well done because it sends the message that unsafe drivers will pay the penalty. With safer driving comes less accidents. Leave 5 minutes early next time and there will be no reason to run stopsigns or drive +15mph on main st. Rose I'm interested in what the deeper issue is if you'd care to elaborate.
liam o'connell May 01, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Interesting DAP. What other factors would you need? Cars per mile, stop signs....?
Kevin May 01, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Just to clarify, revenue from the writting of moving violations does not go back to the town. In a way it does but only through state aid. The money goes into a state fund which in part funds a few programs but for the most part is returned in the form of state aid. So Reading is not rolling in money generated from the writting of tickets by the PD.
Jessica May 01, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Liam, are you a police man? Just curious.
DAP May 01, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I would say more like ratio of roads like main at and 129, which would be patrolled more heavily, to smaller streets, such as School st which is never patrolled. Also, could police in Reading be pulling people over just for an excuse to take a look at the driver and what is in plain sight on the interior? I have been pulled over in the town for "driving while young" a few times. Remember the FBI agent our boys in blue took down to the station? The average of 11.2 tickets a day seems to indicate more than simply a desire to get people to fix a tail light or get an inspection sticker.
liam o'connell May 01, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Jessica I am not a cop.
Jessica May 01, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Just wondering. Im pro-cop.
JIM May 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hmm, Looks like NRPD is trying to catch up today,They must've read Patch
liam o'connell May 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
DAP (whoever you are you better not speed in the Library District) I'm sorry you got stopped for no reason besides being young. That kind of stop does nothing for road safety and probably caused you to dislike police. I forgot about the FBI incident. Maybe that was what rose is concerned with? Race/gender/age should play no part in traffic stops.


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