If you're like me, you have an unstoppable propensity to speed, and an even greater penchant for not paying tickets on time.
So be it.
Believe it or not we can get away with it -- sort of. Among the many things the state does to screw us over, lawmakers were kind enough to give us outlaw drivers a break -- albeit a small one. Come Jan. 1. 2012 (yes, the same day you will no longer be able to buy alcohol at the self-checkout), some of you will have a rare opportunity to clear your delinquent driving record without actually having to pay the full fine.
Consider it a belated Christmas gift to the 99 percent.
What might appear to be an act of kindness by the state is actually an act of sheer desperation; the state legislature mandated that all counties in California implement a one-time amnesty period where villain drivers only have to pay 50 percent of what they owe. In exchange their record will be cleared.
Here's how it works:
Any driver with outstanding traffic tickets that were supposed to be paid off by Jan. 1, 2009, are eligible for the program, but only if the following also applies: