UNPAID fines were the target of a traffic operation near Bendigo's Lake Weeroona on Thursday.
Members of the Sheriff's Office and Victoria Police used number plate recognition technology to scan passing vehicles and check for any outstanding fines.
Regional manager for the Sheriff’s Office Roger Williams said the new technology was very effective.
"It identifies things like unlicensed driving, unregistered vehicles and any Sheriff matters," he said.
"So that can be anything from parking fines, failure to vote, to some quite serious police matters.
"That's why we're so keen on doing it.
"We've actually had a number of operations in the region - we had one in Castlemaine on Tuesday.
"We'll do a couple more over Christmas and then start again in February."
Mr Williams said the technology had the capacity to check thousands of vehicles per day.
"Anyone that comes up this road will be checked," he said.
"Whereas in the old days we would have to, as the car comes up, physically type the information into our computer.
"We sometimes get people say, 'Go and catch some real criminals', but this is important.
"These are people not paying fines for running red lights and the like."