Daniel Andrews Warns Victorians Who Challenge Police Can Be Fined Up To $10,000
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has warned people in his state not to challenge police and break Public Health Orders.
While many people can and have been hit with on-the-spot fines of $1,652 for breaching restrictions, Premier Andrews warns that penalty can escalate if police want to press charges.
There have been numerous cases of people openly revolting against Victoria's coronavirus related restrictions, whether that's not wearing a face mask or refusing to give over personal details at police checkpoints.
At a press conference, Mr Andrews said: "They have now been found. I do not believe they received an on-the-spot fine. That is the low-level fine.
"I think they will be charged on summons. That will be a matter for others and I do not determine those matters but there is the on the spot $1652 fine and if you go through a court process it is much closer to $10,000 so it is a pretty significant penalty."
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There's been no formal charges brought on any of the people involved in viral stoushes with police. But the penalty for that has now been laid bare, which will hopefully prevent more people from trying to do it in the future.
It comes after the state set a record for the highest number of coronavirus infections seen over a 24 hour period.
A jaw dropping 723 new infections and 13 deaths have been recorded since yesterday, which is the deadliest day in Australia for the pandemic.
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