U.S. Postal Service claims it can ignore police traffic ticketsBy Mason White 4:15 PM February 3, 2013
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By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) The U.S. Postal Service, is refusing to pay for police issued traffic violations that were incurred by employees on the job.
The U.S. Postal Service, is a government run enterprise, which believes that police have no authority to make the federal agency pay fines.
But Mayor Gary Norton, Jr., of East Cleveland, argues that the U.S. Postal Service has to pay just like any other citizen.
Maybe, they just don’t have the funds to pay their fine. With all the new technology around, the U.S. Postal Service, is used much less than in the past. The U.S. Post Office is struggling to survive. The Postal Service reported losses of $15 billion in the last quarter.
Cleveland officials, are perplexed that the Post Office refuses to pay the seven traffic tickets totaling almost $700. The Post Office said it is immune to state and federal regulations.
According to reports, some of the violations were for speeding in a school zone.
“If they’re allowed to speed through school zones and endanger kids, at least they should get the mail through faster,” Norton said.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, David G. Van Allen, issued the following statement Saturday:
“Postal Service employees in the U.S. are subject to obey traffic laws just like any other citizen. Nevertheless, the Postal Service cannot be legally required to cover traffic fines incurred by its employees.”
The federal Postal Service enjoys immunity, in part, so that every city and town does not make different regulations governing the mail, which would be costly and complex for the Postal Service to continue.
But Norton, was surprised that the Postal Service was invoking its immunity when it comes to careless traffic violations.