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Fines for breaking strict social distancing rules in Victoria under review

By July 1, 2020 No Comments
One of Victoria’s most senior police officers has vowed to review all fines issued to people breaking social distancing rules.
Deputy commissioner Shane Patton said he would reconsider offences handed out to Victorians who ignore the non-compliance directive to stay at home, ordered by the state’s chief health officer.
It would be done to ensure people were being treated fairly, he added.
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Victoria Police Protective Services Officers patrol St Kilda beach in Melbourne, Monday, April 13, 2020. Victoria Police issued 433 fines between Thursday and Easter Sunday after conducting thousands of spot checks across the state. (AAP Image/Scott Barbour)
Since Monday, more than 2000 calls were made to the COVID-19 hotline, resulting in 99 fines issued by police along with 507 spot checks.
In total, there have been more than 1200 fines since strict social distancing rules came into place with less than 10 of those now revoked.
There have been criticisms that some of these fines were either issued by mistake, or they were too harsh.
Last week, Mr Patton overturned a controversial fine given to a learner driver accused of breaching the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Hunter Reynolds, 17, drove from her Hampton home to Frankston with her mother when she was pulled over by police and fined for “non-essential” travel and was slapped with a $1652 on-the-spot fine.
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Victoria Police Protective Services Officers speak to a man at St Kilda beach in Melbourne, Monday, April 13, 2020.(AAP Image/Scott Barbour)
Under Victoria’s stage three restrictions, residents can leave their homes to go shopping for food and essential supplies, medical care or caregiving, work or education if necessary and exercise.
People can be fined $1652 if they leave home for non-essential reasons and businesses face a $9913 fine if caught doing the wrong thing.
As to those who have been fined in Victoria, 50 per cent are aged 18-29.
More than 70 per cent of those are men.
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed on Tuesday 10 people had tested positive for COVID-19 overnight, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1291.
It follows just 13 new cases of the virus on Sunday and three on Saturday.
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