Are U.S Postal Service Workers Immune To Traffic Tickets?

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The short answer is no.

You may have seen police officers violating traffic laws in non-emergency situations, such as officers turning on their lights so they can go through a red light or police officers talking on their cell phones.  It seems as though many government employees are breaking traffic laws, and now some of these cases are gaining national attention.  The is now implementing stricter rules and regulations for employees that incur traffic violations while on the job.

This past February, Jennifer Breslin, senior litigation counsel for the Postal Service, attempted to dismiss almost $700 in traffic tickets given to USPS employees in East Cleveland, claiming the service is immune from state and local regulations. Although at the time the Postal Service agency reported a record annual loss of $15.9 billion and could have probably used the extra cash, the USPS would be supporting their drivers in their blatant disregard for the traffic laws in East Cleveland. These drivers were also endangering the life of other drivers, pedestrians and school children.

If an issue as such were to arise in the busy streets of New York, the outcomes could be far more devastating. It could also cost tax payers money to pay for such violations committed by the USPS.  Does it seem fair that tax payer money goes to taking care of law breakers? For the open cases in Cleveland many of the tickets were dismissed with some of the other traffic violations being forwarded to the individual drivers directly. The US postal service will also turn over the names of mail carriers allegedly caught running red lights and speeding in school zones. Accurately identifying the driver has been an issue that still needs to be resolved. Postal vehicles are changed often so it is important to make sure that they have identified the right vehicle at the right time of the day.

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This post was written by Adam H. Rosenblum Esq.

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