Neither Sleet, Nor Hail, Nor Your Stupid Traffic Laws Will Stop the Post Office
-By Warner Todd Huston
The Post Office has an addition to its old slogan. Not only will sleet and snow not keep them from their appointed rounds, if the Post Office has anything to say about it your local traffic laws won’t stop the Post Office from, well, doing anything, I guess. The PO, you see, imagines themselves to be exempt from traffic laws.
That is what the Postal Service is arguing in Cleveland, Ohio. Apparently the PO got some $700 in traffic tickets there and to attempt to get out of them, the PO is saying that since it is a federal agency–more or less–it is immune from local laws.
In a letter to local authorities, Jennifer Breslin, a representative of the PO, reminded the dumb locals that, “as you are probably aware, the Postal Service enjoys federal immunity from state and local regulation.”
This wasn’t something that sat well with American Traffic Solutions, though.
“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.
The folks at ATS the Post Office tells its own drivers to be careful about local traffic laws.
Seems like a contradiction, doesn’t it?
But it is just another example of the arrogance of the federal government.