Postal Service Attorney: Our Workers Above Local Law

Postal Service Attorney: Our Workers Above Local Law

An attorney for the U.S. Postal Service has argued that her cash-strapped agency’s employees do not have to pay for speeding tickets. 

East Cleveland, Ohio, is attempting to collect nearly $700 in traffic violations committed by local USPS trucks, but USPS attorney Jennifer S. Breslin says her colleagues are above local traffic laws.

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. [emphasis added]

The alleged “above the law” status claimed by Breslin does, however, appear to be legally questionable. 

A USPS driver who delivered mail while naked was reportedly arrested for “lewd and lascivious behavior.”

Last year, in New Jersey, a mail carrier was also charged with Driving While Intoxicated in relation to alleged drunken driving of her postal truck with an open container. USPS suspended her while the investigation was ongoing, suggesting that the Postal Service is not, in fact, above the law, as Breslin claims.