Twist as teen 'speed camera crusader' receives $250 fine

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A Central Coast teen dubbed the “speed camera crusader” has received a traffic-related fine in the mail for littering.

Beau Jackson 17, gained recognition for warning motorists of upcoming speed cameras with a makeshift sign attached to his motorbike.

His story was reported on A Current Affair, but just weeks later Mr Jackson said he received a letter from NSW’s Environmental Protection Agency fining him $250 fine for littering — which he claims never happened.

Beau Jackson, who warns drivers of upcoming speed cameras, points to a fine he received for apparent littering.
The teenage 'speed camera crusader' claims he wasn't littering. Source: A Current Affair

The teen said he asked for proof of his littering and was told there was no photo evidence of the claim. He was told his sign and some drink cans were left on the side of the road.

“I couldn’t believe it. I don’t litter, all my friends and family know that," he told Today Show on Wednesday morning, saying he takes his belongings home with him after warning motorists.

“I pack up my sign and rubbish and take it home," he said.

"I still have my sign, so I certainly didn’t leave it on the side of the road."

Although he's been slapped with the fine, Mr Jackson said he has found a barrister to help him out for free after he recognised him.

Revenue NSW told Channel Nine if the teenager has concerns about the fine he should appeal it.

Beau Jackson waves to drivers as he warns them about a speed camera ahead.
Beau Jackson was handed a $250 fine for littering. Source: A Current Affair

Revenue raising or saving lives?

In December, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW cannot cater to people breaking the law following a huge spike in low-range offences once warning signs were removed last year.

“We need to strike the right balance between giving a fair go to the majority who are trying to do the right thing, and ensuring those few who continue to deliberately risk lives cop the fine they deserve,” he said.

The Perrottet government later backflipped on the decision, reintroducing warning signs in February, however the signs are located next to the camera giving motorists little warning time.

Makeshift warning signs are nothing new, with other residents across the state taking matters into their own hands.

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