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Coronavirus: Thousands of Australians dob in neighbours flouting social distancing measures

By May 11, 2020 No Comments
Thousands of Australians are reporting their neighbours through crime reporting lines.
In Victoria, the crime reporting line for non-urgent police matters has been flooded in recent days receiving more than 2,600 yesterday alone.
Gloves and masks are not as effective as social distancing and hand washing, experts say.
Gloves and masks are not as effective as social distancing and hand washing, experts say.(Getty)
In the last fortnight, the hotline received 22,500 COVID-19 related calls and those, just over 3,700 were for mass gatherings.
Just over 2,000 were for people breaking self-isolation and over 1,700 for business breaches.
Police have taken action on some of the reports with nine members of the Rebel bikie gang for gathering a their clubhouse in Sunshine West.
Perth, Australia
Sun bakers adhering to social distancing rules at Cottesloe Beach in Perth. Beaches in the city remain open but people must still adhere to social rules.(AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)
Meanwhile,  a major police operation across Australia is gearing up to enforce travel restrictions and social distancing rules over the Easter long weekend.
Police say they won’t hesitate to issue hefty fines if they pull drivers over this long weekend and issue tickets for any non-essential travel.
In addition to roadside checks, officers will be using CCTV and number plate recognition to check on cars, along busy roads and motorways, including in South East Queensland where they will monitor cars driving southbound on the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Queensland Police stop vehicles at a Police checkpoint set up at the Queensland and New South Wales border.(Getty)
The on-the-spot fines differ in each state. In Queensland, drivers risk paying $1,300, in NSW, $1,000 and in Victoria about $1600.
The fines will no only apply to the driver but everyone travelling in the car.
NSW, ACT and WA drivers will also be facing double demerits over the long weekend for ay traffic offences.
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