TWO St Kilda Road blitzes targeting fine evaders this month have nabbed 51 people with warrants totalling more than $310,000.
The Sheriff’s Office operations caught drivers with 1126 outstanding infringement warrants. Officers used number-plate recognition technology and did random vehicle checks.
Twelve people paid their fines on the spot, finalising 76 warrants worth almost $20,000. Thirty drivers were given notice that their licences or vehicle registrations would be suspended if they did not arrange payment within a week.
Sheriff of Victoria Brendan Facey said the operation should serve as a reminder to people that timely payment of fines was the best way to avoid further penalties.
“If you ignore your fines, you will be caught,’’ he said. ‘‘New technology to identify offenders and more targeted blitzes mean the sheriff will find you.”
Three blitzes have been conducted in Port Phillip since August.
The first caught 23 people with about 460 outstanding infringement warrants that totalled more than $140,000.