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Virus rulebreakers rack up $26m worth of unpaid fines: ‘We will come after you’

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More than $26 million worth of fines for breaching coronavirus restrictions in Victoria have been left unpaid with majority of rulebreakers refusing to pay up.

More than $26 million worth of fines for breaching coronavirus restrictions in Victoria have been left unpaid with the majority of rulebreakers refusing to pay up.

Out of more than 19,000 coronavirus-related fines dished out, just 845 have been paid, equating to about $1.45 million as wrongdoers continue to flout the Chief Health Officer's directions.

Another 64 fines were issued in the state in the past 24 hours, including 14 for failing to wear a mask and 17 at vehicle checkpoints.

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Daniel Andrews Melbourne

Premier Daniel Andrews today said rulebreakers must pay their fines, warning "we will come after you if you don't".

"If you want to avoid a fine, follow the rules," he said.

"It's very simple and there are many more warnings that have been issued than fines."

Mr Andrews said "rules are important" and those who broke them had to pay the price through infringements.

"There's too much at stake here and many of these fines, if not all of them, are the result of choices that people have made and they are the wrong choices, they are unsafe choices," he said.

"They can potentially be deadly choices. So fines are important."

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Shadow Minister for Police David Southwick said the unpaid fines proved the rules around COVID-19 restrictions "clearly don't make sense".

"These many unpaid fines prove Victorians have no confidence in how Daniel Andrews has managed this pandemic," he said.

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"Why should any Victorian be asked to pay a fine when it's so clearly one set of rules for Black Lives Matter and union protesters, and another set for everyone else?"

Nearly 1500 fines have been withdrawn or cancelled.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-rulebreakers-urged-to-pay-26m-worth-of-fines-victoria/8d77b4c8-769e-4942-9f7a-8d77f3ea2f7c

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