|Submitted||Nov. 11, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
All records containing information on the number of licensed civilians in Essex County, more specifically the city of Beverly, that have received violations in Massachusetts pertaining to motor vehicle operation over the course of 2010-2014 (present). I would greatly appreciate if that information could also detail the nature of those violations (i.e. parking ticket, DUI/DWI, traffic accident, etc.) and gender. Personally-identifying information (names, etc.) is not necessary, as I am interested primarily in the number.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Dear Ms. Israelsohn:
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of and in response to your most recent email to me dated November 11, 2014. By responding herein, the Department does not waive any rights, objections or defenses, including those exemptions expressly set forth in General Laws C. 4, S. 7 of the Commonwealth’s public records statute, all of which are expressly reserved in full. Moreover, the Department reserves its right to provide you with a written, good faith estimate of the minimum cost to be incurred by it for the search and segregation time in complying with your request. Subject to the foregoing, the Department responds as follows.
Please be advised that the Department does not have any documents in its possession, custody and/or control responsive to your request as generally the Department does not serve in a primary law enforcement capacity policing the streets and roadways of the Commonwealth and as such, generally does not issue citations and/or violations pertaining to motor vehicle operations.
Should you have any additional questions or concerns in the interim, kindly contact me at your convenience. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Very truly yours,
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