For six years, Patrick Mulroy calmed thousands of resentful motorists
through a combination "therapy" of wit, humor and useful information
provided in his comedy traffic school classes. His students were
angry about many things: unfair tickets, overzealous cops, predatory
fines, rude and dismissive court employees, and their own sense
of helplessness. Patrick introduced his students to the California
Vehicle Code, a gold mine of information containing every traffic
statute in the state of California. By better understanding their
rights under California law, including the very convenient right
to contest a citation by mail, unfairly cited students left the
class feeling empowered, vowing never to be abused by a bogus traffic
Some of these students decided to put what they had learned in
Patrick's class into action and successfully contested the ticket
that had brought them to his school. Other students contested future
tickets, occasionally calling Patrick to thank him for the enlightenment.
Despite his earning a marginal living from this work, the good karma
generated by helping others stand up for themselves kept Patrick
in the traffic school business for over five years.
Patrick is tired now, very tired. He may soon give up his traffic
school business and move onto other work. This site is an attempt
to preserve in some form, the empathy he had for his students, his
passion for teaching them, his satisfaction at seeing them stand
up for their rights, and the insights into California traffic law
that he gained through hours of lively debate.
Who this site is for
This site is for everyone Patrick ever had in his class: the good,
the bad, and the ugly (you know who you are). This site is for everyone
Patrick never had in his class and never will have in his class.
This site is for people fed up with paying exorbitant fines for
laws they did not break. This site is for people who can't afford
to pay a $346 ticket for going through a yellow light. This site
is for people full of undirected anger that need the information
to fight back and not submit to injustice. This site is for defense
contractors and their robot cameras to know that they can't continue
to manipulate the truth for their own profit. This site is for traffic
court judges that would prefer to be judges instead of rubber-stamps
for an out-of-control prosecution state. But mostly, kind reader,
this site is for you.
What do we get out of it?
Our biggest benefit is good karma from grateful friends we'll
probably never meet. Our site is financed entirely by "shareware"
fees from people who win their cases using our do-it-yourself shareware
forms and examples. As with all shareware, we are not guaranteed
any payment in advance. We rely upon the goodwill and honesty of
people we help to pay our modest fee ($25) if they win their case.
the hell are we, anyway?
Virginia Woolf believed that biography, even autobiography, was
a form of fiction. So do we, so we'll keep it short.
Web Author: Patrick Mulroy, B.S., M.A.: 6' tall, 175 lbs,
black hair, green eyes.
Patrick owns a cat
and has a vestigial third nipple, just like Marky Mark. As with
most tri-nippled cat owners, he is single and lives alone.
Brush with Greatness : Patrick was rudely bumped into at a Waterboys
concert by Sinead O'Connor. Later that same night, the Artist formerly
know as Prince tried to beat her up. She fled his mansion in a panic.
Personal Heroes: Thomas Paine, James Joyce, Shane McGowan, Billy
Bragg, Rufus Wainwright.
Curious Fact: Patrick can't seem to get a certain ABBA song out
of his head. Curious.
Web Designer: Tim
Wayne, M.D.,M.A.: 5' 10 tall, 160lbs, red hair, green eyes.
Tim owns a cat and has the normal compliment of two nipples. As
with most two-nippled cat owners, Tim lives alone.
Brush With Greatness: Tim met author Quentin Crisp on two occasions
and has a photograph to prove it. Quentin Crisp is now dead. Coincidence?
Personal Heroes: William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Alan
Curious Fact: Tim enjoys going to raves, where he often gets backrubs
from total strangers. Curious.