Victorians rack up $27m in COVID-19 fines, but many left unpaid

Victorians rack up $27m in COVID-19 fines, but many left unpaid. By Aneeka Simonis.

19,324 fines valued at $27.88m were dished out to rule breakers up until August 24.

Only 845 fines — about $1.45m — have been fully paid and 18 per cent have reached the “final demand” stage after which recipients risk having property seized or even being sent to jail. …

A Herald Sun analysis found Victorians have received ­almost four times the number of fines of people in the other states and territories combined (excluding Western Australia) since the pandemic began.

Would you pay a fine for being outdoors after 8pm, especially when the curfew rule is unnecessary, ineffective, and no one in the Victorian Government will even take responsibility for it? I’d rather go to jail for a few days.