‘Too far from home’: Teen driver fined for driving lesson with her mum

A Melbourne teenager says she was shocked when police issued her with a hefty fine over the weekend for going out for a driving lesson with her mother.

Learner driver Hunter, 17, who is completing her last year of school, told radio station 3AW she had been driving with her mother on the freeway in Frankston when she was pulled over and issued a $1652 fine for being "too far from home".

A Victoria police officer conducts a spot check on a traveller who returned from Bali.

Individuals and businesses face hefty fines if they are found to be in breach of these guidelines.

In the 24 hours to 8am Monday, Victoria Police conducted 983 spot checks at homes, businesses and non-essential services across the state as part of Operation Sentinel.

They issued 108 fines during that time.

Another caller to 3AW said his son was fined $1652 on the weekend while driving from Melbourne to the family holiday house in Rye to help an elderly neighbour, who was concerned about damage from a falling tree.

"We had a notification from an elderly next door neighbour, who said there was a tree falling down over the fence and the fence was going to fall into his property so I sent my son down to Rye to say can you have a look of it, take a few saws down and see if you can fix it," the man said.

"On the way down he was pulled over by the highway patrol and fined $1625 for non-essential travel."

An 18-year-old driver, who was allegedly involved in a car chase before he rammed a police vehicle in Wyndham in the early hours of Sunday, was also fined for being in breach of the restrictions, as was his 24-year-old passenger.

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