I got photographed doing 38 mph in a 25 mph zone in DC and had to pay a $50 fine. I had a right to request a hearing and then go to court, but do I really want to waste my time with all of that? And what was I going to tell the judge? The 25 mph limit is too low for that road, your honor. I am sure you realize that this is just a gimmick for the DC Government to take more money from the citizens. So why don't you give me a break?
Would he/she have felt sorry and waived the fine?