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Australia Men travelling 63km across Melbourne to visit friends among 144 fined

09:33  21 august  2020
09:33  21 august  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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A group of people caught travelling across Melbourne to visit friends were among the Victorians fined for breaching COVID-19 regulations yesterday.

As Melbourne's six-week lockdown nears the half-way mark, police continue to catch dozens of people who are out and about without a valid reason.

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In total, 144 people were fined in the past 24 hours.

Of these, 45 were fined for breaching Melbourne's 8pm curfew while a further eight were caught at the state's vehicle checkpoints out of a total of 15,751 vehicles checked.

a person riding on the back of a truck: Police question drivers as they check permits and IDs at a checkpoint in Little River for traffic coming from Melbourne into Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. Authorities conducted checks on 15,751 vehicles in just 24 hours yesterday. © Getty Police question drivers as they check permits and IDs at a checkpoint in Little River for traffic coming from Melbourne into Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. Authorities conducted checks on 15,751 vehicles in just 24 hours yesterday.

Thirty people were also fined for failing to wear a face covering when out in public.

Police also conducted 4,530 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and in public places across the state.

Among the worst offenders were a group of men who were caught driving from Werribee in Melbourne's west to Dandenong in the east, 63 kilometres away, to visit friends.

All were fined.

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In a separate incident, a woman from Port Phillip was stopped by police in North Melbourne.

When questioned, she told police she was picking up a friend to take them to another friend's house.

A man from Tarneit was also fined after being questioned by police at Heidelberg Railway Station, more than 40 kilometres away.

He was unable to provide a valid reason for his journey.

Man lashes Melbourne police as he's detained for not wearing mask .
Footage showed the pedestrian being detained and fined by six officers who had surrounded him on Barkly Street in St Kilda when he refused to tell them why he was exempt from wearing a mask. 'You need to prove I haven't got one - I don't need to prove it to you,' he told police gathered on the pavement when told he needed to give them a valid reason.'I'll tell you what we will do - we will issue you an infringement and you can argue it in court. How about that?' a masked male police responded.

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