A man from one of Sydney’s coronavirus hot spots has been slapped with a hefty fine after escaping the city to “watch the sunrise”, police say.
Highway Patrol officers stopped the man, from Liverpool, on the M1 motorway at Wollongong after he was clocked travelling more than 20km/h over the speed limit.
He was fined for both speeding and breaching public health orders by leaving Sydney without a valid excuse.
In total the man was slugged $1494 and ordered to return home.
“Travelling from a Sydney hotspot to the south coast to see the sunrise is not a valid excuse for breaching the ‘Stay at Home’ Public Health Orders,” police said on Facebook.
“Nor is it an excuse for speeding.
“This gentleman was detected on the M1 Motorway at Wollongong travelling at 107km/h (in an 80km/h zone).
“When stopped, it was identified the male driver had travelled from his Liverpool address, and was heading down the south coast to watch the sunrise.”
Liverpool is within one of the eight Sydney local government areas under the strictest lockdown rules imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.
People in those areas are not allowed to leave their LGA unless they are health or aged care workers and can only travel 5km from their homes.