Police reject man's excuse for 45km road trip and issue hefty fine

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

Melbourne police have rejected a man’s excuse for breaking Victoria’s strict isolation laws.

According to a Victoria Police spokesperson the man was intercepted in South Melbourne, around 40kms from his home and he “claimed he was out to buy a bottle of water”.

The motorist received a fine of $1600 for breaching stage three restrictions.

A Victorian Police officer wearing a face mask is seen outside of Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne
Victoria Police issued 78 fines for people being outside of their home without a legitimate excuse on Wednesday. Source: AAP

Victoria Police issued 78 fines for people being outside of their home without a legitimate excuse on Wednesday.

Some have criticised the state’s police for being to heavy handed with fines, NSW issued just eight fines on the same day.

Other breaches in Victoria included two men who were found by police to be watching a movie in their car and a group of four people “driving aimlessly”, some of the group tried to hide in the car when approached by police.

Stage three restrictions have been in place in the state since March 31 and breaching the rules could see on-the-spot fines of up to $1652 for individuals, and businesses can expect fines of up to $9,913 for refusing or failing to comply with directions.

Fines can be issued for individuals not having one of the four reasons to be outside of their home.

  • Shopping for what you need - food and essential supplies

  • Medical, care or compassionate needs

  • Exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements

  • Work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely

Gathering in groups of more than two people who don’t live in the same household, can see you fined as well.

As of 3pm on April 9 there are 1,228 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria and 12 people have died.

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