30 August 2021

Almost two dozen COVID breaches uncovered in Bay blitz

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Police have been active in Batemans Bay and Moruya doing traffic checks. Photo: File.

Almost two dozen people have been nabbed by police after breaching COVID-19 Public Health Orders in the Eurobodalla.

The breaches were detected after the alleged perpetrators were swept up in a traffic operation, targeting criminal activity and dangerous driver behaviour on the state’s South Coast.

Between Wednesday 25 August and Saturday 28 August 2021, officers attached to South Coast Police District – including Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, the Dog Unit, Proactive Crime Team and Crime Prevention Unit – conducted a high-visibility operation in the Batemans Bay and Moruya areas.

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During Operation Proelium, eight people were charged, and nine were issued with traffic infringement notices, including having unrestrained children in vehicles.

One motorist was allegedly found drink-driving, while seven tested positive to illicit substances; the results will undergo further examination.

Four people were given move-on directions and 11 vehicles were searched. Police also conducted bail compliance checks and AVO compliance checks.

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Further, 23 people were issued Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for breaching the Public Health Order, by not wearing masks, not checking into premises, and non-essential travel.

Police are warning residents to expect similar operations to be carried out in the future.

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Graham Pratt5:09 pm 30 Aug 21

Hopefully Tuross head will get some action too.. Many people with ACT PLATES hiding in homes and in caravan park.. also a lot of cars 🚗 using this place as a speedway..I think blitzes are a great idea..

Coast lover following the rules6:14 pm 30 Aug 21

That’s a bit sad. According to my park owner (at Tuross Heads) there is only random road workers and a couple of displaced retirees that were caught during the fires and have no residential address. Employees have been stood down. No annuals there at all.

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