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USPS: We Don't Pay Traffic Tickets
East Cleveland's mayor gets a surprise
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2013 4:24 PM CST
A US postal service truck drives through the North Beach area of San Francisco, Wednesday, May 11, 2011.    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – Did you know the USPS doesn't legally have to obey traffic laws? East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton was surprised to find out. His city had sent the USPS a notice after traffic cameras caught postal service vehicles breaking the law seven times, reports. But instead of a check, the city received a letter from a USPS lawyer saying sorry, the US Constitution exempts us from such matters.

"The Postal Service attempts to work within local and state laws and regulations, when feasible," wrote Jennifer Breslin. "However, as you are probably aware, the Postal Service enjoys federal immunity from state and local regulation." Mail carriers themselves must obey the law, apparently, but the USPS didn't cough up any names. "I was unaware that the Post Office doesn’t have to stop at red lights or obey the speed limit," said Norton. "But since they are, I wish I’d get my mail faster." (Of course, the USPS is already bleeding money.)

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Feb 4, 2013 8:12 PM CST
show me where the constitution states the USPS is exempt from the laws and ill believe you. their is nothing that says that period. However in the line of duty the USPS can get away with it. They could not afford to pay any way thanks to congress.
Feb 4, 2013 7:40 PM CST
This is to WiccanFerret: The U.S. postal service isn't funded by taxes, not a dime. Fees for mailing things are their only revenue. I thought this was common knowledge by now. Please educate yourself on this matter.
Feb 4, 2013 5:31 PM CST
Wow this makes sense. Weird.