Postal Service claims immunity from local traffic laws

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.)

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • The Whistler

    Laws are for little people, not bonafide agents of the us postal system.

    You have to wonder where they were rushingmto, the post office has moremloafers than the Dexter shoe company.

    • awfulorv

      Dexter just happens to be the name of my worthless brother in law, I’ll try to work loafer into my next insult, with your permission…

  • fargomg

    Cops seem to ignore the traffic laws, why not the post office? Hell you could probably even throw in the city workers and state owned vehicles. I bet those people spending taxpayer money driving around the ndsu state fleet vehicles would love not having to obay laws.

  • WOOF

    Big Brother picayune enforcement revenue raising
    split with some corporate cumstains eight states away.

    Wait till you get mailed a $157.00 ticket
    for failing to signal as you exited your driveway,
    failed to come to a compete stop before turning right,
    34mph in a 30.
    Fight it and lose – $277.00.

    • sbark

      Wait until Big Govt ties the camera’s into the Drones, with instant “collections”

      • WOOF

        Ticket is on the cars owner, not the unknown driver. They don’t want to kill you, they want money. Owner won’t be able to register the vehicle till the fine is payed. Fine increases significantly every month.

        • devilschild

          Our employees drive company trucks. If they get a ticket it’s on them not the company. The driver is ticketed not the vehicle.

          • WOOF

            Cameras ticket the vehicle, companies then can get their money from drivers. Who knows what that does to the companies insurance rates.

          • devilschild

            Well…now this is something to talk about at the yearly company meeting next week. Thank you for pointing this out to me.

    • The Whistler

      I don’t agree with the cameras, but they should apply to everyone including the postal loafers.