Couple wrongly fined $3k over year-old holiday snaps
A Victorian couple has been fined a whopping $1,652 each for breaching strict coronavirus restrictions after sharing holiday snaps of their year-old holiday to Facebook.
Jazz Mot said Victoria Police issued her and her husband Garry with a fine for being in Lakes Entrance - two hours from their home - after she shared images on social media earlier this month.
The catch is, neither person had left their home.
“I posted the photos that we took in Lakes Entrance in June last year,” Ms Mot explained to 7NEWS.
She says police then arrived at her home to issue the fine for “going for a drive to Lakes Entrance” which is non-essential travel.
A Victoria Police spokesman informed 7NEWS that the incident had been looked at and “the decision has been made to withdraw the infringement notice”.
“On occasion, errors will be made however that is why a review process exists to ensure instances such as these are identified and rectified,” he said.
Victoria Police say that they are not specifically monitoring social media accounts to identify breaches of the Chief Health Officer instructions.
He did say however that investigators will routinely “follow up and investigate the circumstances surrounding individual potential breaches reported by the public”.
Victorians are not meant to leave their homes unless it is strictly for essential travel.
This includes to buy food and to exercise, under stage three restrictions.
Victoria Police strongly encourage the public to report those who are doing the wrong thing by calling 131 444 or going online.