Late deliveries imperil postal workers on dark routes


A word or two about the U.S. Postal Service. Apparently, the Post Office suffers either from a lack of manpower or poor management. For some time now, I have noticed that the mail has been arriving later and later. Lately, the mail is delivered around 6:30 p.m.

Well after dark, and this situation is not limited to my neighborhood, for I have noticed other carriers delivering the mail at late hours as well. Motor carriers are not immune and can be seen at the side of the road doing their duty well into the night also.

The lateness of the arrival of the mail is not my concern, but the danger to the mail carriers is. The men and women have to navigate along dark paths and streets and are subject to any number of hazards which are easily seen during the day but impossible to spot at night. Also, they are at risk from drivers who might not see the carrier due to the dark or weather conditions. I would implore the USPS to do what it takes to correct this before a carrier is seriously injured or worse. If added personnel cannot be had, then perhaps adjusting duties within the post office could help, or so it seems to me.

— David B. Combs, Rome


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