NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Massachusetts

Massachusetts speedtrap spotlight

The National Motorists Association receives more calls for speeding ticket help from Massachusetts than from any other state. So, we thought it appropriate to feature the Bay State in our new semi-regular blog feature highlighting speed trap activity around the country.

This information comes from the NMA’s National Speed Trap Exchange (http://www.speedtrap.org/), a unique website that gives drivers an opportunity to report on and exchange comments about predatory speed traps they have encountered on their travels.

The purpose of The National Speed Trap Exchange is to inform drivers about what to expect on the road because well-informed drivers are safer drivers. Once every few weeks, we’ll shine a spotlight on a state or province by listing the top ten cities and top five specific locations for speed trap activity in that state or province.

We encourage you to send a link to this blog to those you know who live or travel in Massachusetts. You just may save someone from an undeserved speeding ticket.

Five Highest Activity Speed Trap Locations

1. Lowell:   Lowell connector Road

126 reports           99.2% acknowledgement rate*

“Lowell Connector north has a speed limit of 55mph and 2000 ft before the end the speed limit drops to 30mph. The road takes a curve   and a slope before this exit and the local police park right after exit 5A where it is impossible to see because of the curve/slope.”

2. Springfield:   I-291W Expressway near I-91S Expressway

67 reports           95.5% acknowledgement rate

“I-291 W drops to 45mph and dips under a bridge. They see you before you see them.”

3. Worcester:   Mill Street Road near June Street

63 reports           100.0% acknowledgement rate

“The road is divided by a median strip and has 2 lanes on each side. A driver has the feeling that he is on a highway but he is in a residential area. SLOW down and crawl through.”

4. Lowell:   Industrial Avenue near Exit Number 3

61 reports           86.9% acknowledgement rate

“The police will park their cars right under the Lowell Connector and watch to make sure you come to a complete stop at exit 3 coming in bound into Lowell, once you get right off the ramp a police officer is usually parked right under the overpass and will pull you over if you don’t make a complete stop at the stop sign. They are usually there from late afternoon into early evening sporadically.”

5. Charlestown:   Tobin Bridge Tunnel Lane

50 reports           90.0% acknowledgement rate

“After you pass through the tolls and decline down the ramp and begin to enter that small tunnel, they are there waiting pulling over as many as 4 cars at one time. Minimum ticket is usually $200. The posted speed limit is 30mph, going 40 is slow enough, but the average car travels approx 50-60mph upon entering this area, so they always win. It’s no longer about safety; it’s about generating revenue. Research the accident frequency in that area then decide for yourself.”

Ten Massachusetts Cities with Most Reported Speed Traps (for the Last Five Years)

1.  Boston (48 speed traps / 72.6% acknowledgement rate*)
2.  Worcester (41 speed traps / 91.5% acknowledgement rate)
3.  Weymouth (28 speed traps / 87.7% acknowledgement rate)
4.  Lowell (26 speed traps / 95.8% acknowledgement rate)
5.  Springfield (24 speed traps / 81.2% acknowledgement rate)
6.  Lynn (23 speed traps / 95.4% acknowledgement rate)
7.  Newton (22 speed traps / 93.7% acknowledgement rate)
Cambridge (22 speed traps / 73.1% acknowledgement rate)
9.  Duxbury (19 speed traps / 100.0% acknowledgement rate)
10. Wellesley (18 speed traps / 85.4% acknowledgement rate)
Chelmsford (18 speed traps / 85.4% acknowledgement rate)
Dracut (18 speed traps / 82.4% acknowledgement rate)
Somerville (18 speed traps / 81.9% acknowledgement rate)

* Acknowledgement rate is the ratio of yes votes to total votes by motorists of whether the reported locations, in their opinions, are actually speed traps. Data are available at the links provided.

About The National Speed Trap Exchange

With the development of The National Speed Trap Exchange (http://www.speedtrap.org/) more than 10 years ago, the National Motorists Association pioneered the use of interactive media to alert motorists to potential speed trap activity in their communities. Since then the site has reported on nearly 80,000 speed traps throughout the United States and Canada.

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6 Responses to “NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Massachusetts”

  1. Rich Carlson says:


    Oh Good…. I was beginning to think I was paranoid. It's somehow nice to know that I'm not imagining the draconian level of revenuing going on in our state.

    Message to out-of-staters — KEEP AWAY!

    …and we wonder why our economy is in the crapper.

  2. Chris says:

    Another top spot is on the Mass Pike East, just past Exit 12. There's an overpass and you're coming down a long hill so by the time you round a short curve, you're nailed; they're usually in the service entrance driveway on the right. It's rarer when I DON'T see a PO there. Technically, that's in Framingham.

  3. Rich Carlson says:

    Oh yeah…About that speed limit on the norther section of Rt 3 (Boston to NH)

    Slow down over the rise going from 128 (95) to Rt 3 north (towards NH) there's usually an assembly lie of cops waiting for you over the rise — Note that Rt 3 was reconstructed at massive expense to be a "real" superhighway and then was re-posted to 55 MPH in violation of traffic surveys and advice from traffic engineers.

    The request, of course, came from the State Police. It's a great source of revenue.

  4. Ed says:

    Did you forget Chelsea?

    Tobin Bridge, northbound. Beacon Street exit. The exit ramp speed drops to 15 mph. The cops are sitting down at the end with Lidar. They write tickets with ridiculously inflated speeds to maximize the fine.

    They got me last May. Claimed I was doing 43 mph (no way!). I was at the Magistrate hearing today with three other motorists. They dismissed all of our tickets. Obviously, they count on the majority of motorists simply mailing in the fine. It's a huge revenue generator for the city.

    Always, always contest the ticket!

  5. Larry says:

    I am an MMA member and I don' think your report is fair to the police. Most people who get stopped for speeding or running a stop sign do so because they were or did. There can be exceptions to any situation but…..well. It is one thing to have a trap it is another to have laws, have them violated and not expect to be cited. In your top five examples……
    1) Honestly, I consider any area where speeds drop by 25 mph without some a sign posted in advance of drop as a trap. I can not say if there is a posted sign warning speed is dropping but on most roads in MA there are signs. If there is one, then it is not a trap. 2) 291 has a 55 mph speed limit but 65-70 is the traffic. I travel this route all the time and if someone is going in excess of 45 mph when they deserve a ticket although I am sure 50-55 will not get you a ticket. 3) If there is a posted speed limit then there is no argument whether it is four lane or two lane. The speed limit in MA is 25 mph in a residential area unless posted differently so if one does not see a speed limit sign I suggest 35 as a max. 4) Point blank, a stop sign is a stop sign and not a partial stop sign so I simply think calling this a trap is saying any stop sign is a trap. 5) If the speed limit is 30 and they will give you 10 miles over, stop crying! If anyone is going 55-60 mph they deserve a ticket. I am familiar with this exit but most exits are not meant to be taken at 55-60 mph. Your comment on safety not being the issue is exactly why they would stop you for going 30 miles over the speed limit. That is like saying if you were going 95 mph on the pike and got stopped it would not be because of safety.

  6. Victor says:

    So what do you do when you are pulled over for speeding on Mass pike?
    You are being approached by a clown like creature, resembling a mutant between "The village people" singing YMCA and Gestapo unit of Nazi Germany, who stepped out of American made ugly looking Ford with parrot like flashing gay lights.

    "License and registration" he says, seemingly disappointed because you as a manly man don't happen to wear a short dress or have a cleavage to look at before letting a chic like that to go free. (A common practice of gender biased representatives of the "law").
    "Do you know why you are being stopped?" he asks.

    This is your chance for once not to answer a question, but to ask more questions of him instead, when he least expects it.

    "I am not sure", you are saying, "let me guess."
    Is it because there is no more drugs and gang activity in the streets of Dorchester, Springfield and like towns in Mass? Is it because there was a change in statistics of lowest MVAs on Germany's no speed limit Autobahn?
    Is it because you need to meet your monthly quote by entrapping drivers who trying to get to work? Is it because there are less opportunity for Police Detailing where you can look important chatting and drinking coffee with 2 more fellow state police clowns supposedly "directing" traffic? Is it because those who dont work, only drive 15mph through the city, do not present much challenge, and would likely need to be tested for drugs to then be taken to jail?
    Bullies don't like to be punched in the gut, so here is your chance that you may be set free by being boldly honest with this freak, who set up mobile office on a highway, staying away from real crimes and trying to look important to easily impressed folks.