A 17-year-old who copped a strange fine after warning motorists about speed cameras has gained a powerful weapon in his battle against the penalty.
The NSW Central Coast’s “speed camera crusader” has found a barrister willing take on his case against a littering fine he received while helping motorists avoid speeding fines.
Beau Jackson, 17, spends most days and nights parked 100 metres up the road from a mobile speed camera unit parked at the bottom of a steep hill.
He stands beside his motorbike with a sign taped to the back that reads: “Speed camera ahead” and waves at cars as they drive past.
Just a few weeks after the teen’s story gained national interest following a report on Channel 9’s A Current Affair, 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”.
Mr Jackson plans to appeal the fine in court and believes the local community is behind him.
“I’ve already got my own local barrister,” Mr Jackson told the Today Show on Wednesday morning.
“He’s going to represent me and he’s doing it for free.”
The 17-year-old said the barrister recognised him as the teen saving motorists from speeding fines.
“He has seen me on the road and I actually met him because I delivered a pizza to his house,” 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.
“I rang them and they said my sign and some drink cans were on the side of the road.”
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.
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 they had no issue with his work, as he was not breaking any laws and was helping to cut down speeding.
Revenue NSW told A Current Affair Mr Jackson was welcome to appeal the fine.
Originally published as Speed camera hero Beau Jackson finds lawyer to defend his littering fine without charge
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