The Postal Service is claiming it does not have to obey local traffic laws in an attempt to avoid paying nearly $700 in traffic tickets rung up by its drivers in the city of East Cleveland.
Postal Service attorney Jennifer S. Breslin wrote the city and the company that operates its photo enforcement cameras saying two school-zone speeding citations and five red-light infractions by postal trucks in December should be ignored, according to Yahoo News.
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.
A lawyer with American Traffic Solutions fired back, citing cases in which carriers were arrested for various crimes.
“My last and favorite example is of the USPS truck driver delivering mail while naked,” Hittner wrote. “He was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior.”
He then offered a revision of the post office creed:
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor traffic lights stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”