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Postal Service says it’s immune from local traffic laws

Home - by - February 2, 2013 - 12:30 America/New_York - 8 Comments


A government lawyer’s attempt to get dismissed nearly $700 in traffic tickets given to the U.S. Postal Service is being met with a hearty and humorous, Heck no.

In a Jan. 22 letter sent to both the city of East Cleveland, Ohio, and the company that operates the city’s photo-enforcement program, Postal Service attorney Jennifer S. Breslin says two school-zone speeding citations and five red-light infractions by postal trucks in December should be ignored.

“In providing mail service across the country, the Postal Service attempts to work within local and state laws and regulations, when feasible,” wrote Breslin, after reminding “To Whom It May Concern” that postal workers promptly deliver over 200 billion pieces of mail annually.

“However, as you are probably aware, the Postal Service enjoys federal immunity from state and local regulation,” she continued.

That last bit did not go over well with American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the Arizona-based company that enforces East Cleveland’s camera citations.

“By attempting to hide behind an immunity claim, you are aiding and abetting your drivers in their blatant disregard for the traffic laws in East Cleveland, which have endangered other drivers, pedestrians and school children,” ATS attorney George Hittner wrote in his three-page response to Breslin, who received it on Thursday. (He also cc’d the postmaster general, two U.S. representatives and two senators.)



  1. thirdtwin

    February 2nd, 2013

    The PO already considers itself to have immunity from the universals laws of economics. Who do these little city people think they are?

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  2. the aardvark

    February 2nd, 2013

    Hey, lets all go to work for the Postal Service. Then we too can be scofflaws like them. Who do they think we are, a bunch of morons or what? Laws for thee but not for me should be their motto.

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  3. HooHooNayNay

    February 2nd, 2013

    School zones? Not even a cop would pull this crap. We had a high/low speed chase by a local school; the cops slowed, the perp did not, blew by doing 65 in the neighborhood and around the school. When they finally caught up with the prick the beatdown was epic. For once, I’ll raise the flag of “For the children”

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  4. cfm990

    February 2nd, 2013

    keep pushing, ya federal phuck wads…Keep pushing.

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  5. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 2nd, 2013

    Why not just deduct the fine from the postal worker’s salary? I know, sounds great. Then the unions get involved. Maybe if we had a president with balls something might get done.

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  6. RANDO

    February 2nd, 2013

    If I get a job at the Post Office, can I ignore gun laws?

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  7. Carl

    February 2nd, 2013

    Shut off city supplied water and further explain that any request for assistance from the police or fire department would be forwarded to federal officials – in due time of course.

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  8. The Mad German

    February 2nd, 2013

    Maybe their exempt because they’re union. Probably tucked somewhere in the Obamacare bill.

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