The teenager dubbed a “speed camera crusader” by grateful motorists has received a bizarre fine while helping motorists avoid speeding fines on the NSW Central Coast.
Seventeen year-old Beau Jackson took it upon himself to right the wrongs of what he claimed are predatory mobile speed camera units to trap drivers speeding.
He spends most days and nights parked 100 metres up the road from where the mobile speed camera unit sits at the bottom of a steep hill.
Just a few weeks after the teen’s story gained national interest following a segment on Channel 9’s A Current Affair program, he received a confusing fine in his letter box.
A letter from NSW’s Environmental Protection Agency issued Mr Jackson a $250 fine for “littering from [his] Yamaha”.
“I rang them and they said my sign and some drink cans were on the side of the road,” Mr Jackson told A Current Affair.
The sign reads, “Speed camera ahead” and is taped to the back of the teen’s motorbike.
He claimed he takes it home with him after each shift warning local motorists.
“I pack up my sign and rubbish and take it home. I still have my sign, so I certainly didn’t leave it on the side of the road,” he said.
The teen said he asked the EPA for proof of his littering and was told there was no photo evidence of the claim.
“I couldn’t believe it. I don’t litter, all my friends and family know that,“ he said.
Mr Jackson believed the fine was retribution for costing the state potential revenue as a result of his neighbourly efforts.
“Clearly someone is upset with what I am doing, because I’m costing them revenue,” he said.
Incredibly, the good Samaritan claimed he was told by local police that they had no issue with his work, as he was not breaking any laws and was helping to cut down speeding.
The A Current Affair team said contacted Revenue NSW and were told Mr Jackson was welcome to appeal the fine.
Mr Jackson said he would take it to court.