Queensland Police have issued over $77,000 in fines over the weekend, after hundreds of people gathered at a big car rally in Rochedale.
58 Queenslanders were each issued with $1,334 for failing to comply with the COVID-19 directions issued by the Chief Health Officer.
The group involved drivers, passengers and spectators all between the ages of 17 and 30.
Police were called to a gathering at Brickworks Place around 10.00pm on Saturday night, finding around 150 cars and a large number of people congregated in a warehouse carpark.
Many of the cars attempted to flee the area when police arrived, though some of the cars got bogged trying to drive across grassland.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says such blatant disregard puts all Queenslanders at risk.
“This is all about safety. About saving lives. About stopping the spread of COVID-19. We all, every single one of us, must do our bit. We are in this together.
“It is inexcusable what happened at Rochedale last night and such blatant disregard for the lives of Queenslanders will not be tolerated.
“Largely Queenslanders have made significant adjustments to their lifestyle in order to comply with these health directives, to help protect their families, friends, neighbours and the broader community, and I thank them for that,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
For information regarding the Chief Health Officer’s direction on home confinement, movement and gathering, click here.