Neither snow, nor rain, nor color of traffic lights ...Submitted by has on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 09:51
The USPS is refusing to pay $700 in traffic tickets issued to postal carriers in East Cleveland Ohio on the basis that the Post Office enjoys federal immunity, the same as U.S. ambassadors.
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.
So why not cite the individual postal carriers responsible for the infractions? Collective bargaining agreements apparently prevent this from happening.
“We respect the postal carriers,” Norton told Fox 8. “But they’re not the Secret Service, they’re not the CIA. They do not have a law enforcement function, there’s no reason they need to speed through school zones.”
The postal service said if a police officer stops one of its carriers and writes up a ticket, the carrier would be responsible for it personally, and the postal service would not try to fight it.
But because tickets issued for violations seen on cameras go not to the driver, but to the owner of the car, the postal service won’t pay because, by law, it can’t be billed by a state or local government due to its immunity.
Van Allen said that the postal service’s agreement with its union prevents it from passing along a ticket to its carriers to pay.