Ararat - In a combined operation between Northern Grampians Highway Patrol and the Sheriff's Office in Ararat last week, more than $80,000 in outstanding fines were detected.
Using Automated Number Plate Recognition, officers scanned 1631 vehicles in High Street last Tuesday and 1529 on Wednesday.
Of those, 23 motorists were found to have $80,087.80 in outstanding fines against them.
Using EFTPOS facilities, six motorists were able to immediately pay fines totalling $5194.70 for a total of 18 outstanding warrants.
Twelve motorists were also issued with suspension notices and given seven days to pay fines, which amounted to 155 outstanding warrants or outstanding fines of $45,752.62.
Highway Patrol officers on Tuesday detected one motorist for having stolen registration plates, 12 with unregistered vehicles, three who were unlicensed and three with alcohol interlock devices, while on Wednesday officers detected 11 unregistered drivers, seven unlicensed drivers and three with alcohol interlock devices.
At the same time officers imposed penalties on three motorists for using mobile phones while driving, two for failing to wear seatbelts, issued two defect notices, detected one motorist speeding and one for failing to notify a change of address to VicRoads.
Senior Constable Anthony Passalick said it had been a very successful two days for the Sheriff's Office and police.
"It just goes to show that there are people out on the road who don't abide by the law and don't consider the safety of others," he said.
Police also used ANPR in Barkly Street on Wednesday and had a high detection rate of offenders.
"It was mainly locals, which also goes to show that locals aren't abiding by the law and think they can get away with it," S/C Passalick said.