MOTORISTS should not be afraid to discuss payment plans with the Sheriff's Office, says regional manager Roger Williams.
The Sheriff's Office and Bendigo Highway Patrol members joined forces to operate a two-day automatic number plate recognition traffic operation late last week.
The number plate recognition technology was set up on Napier Street in White Hills and Inglis Street in Golden Square on Thursday and near the Bendigo Showgrounds and on High Street in Kangaroo Flat on Friday.
More than $90,000 in unpaid fines was detected on day one of the operation.
"CityLink is huge but probably the speeding fines, the unregistered driving and those matters are the things that for a traffic safety point of view are really dangerous because often the people that we intercept don't have a licence and it's just a matter of making them accountable," Mr Williams said.
"During a recent operation in Elmore we actually took $48,000 in cash, there were 116 warrants paid which was an outstanding result.
"And on Tuesday in Castlemaine we identified about $9000 worth of paid warrants."
The Sheriff's Office has the power to suspend licences or put wheel clamps on vehicles.
"If they can't pay then we provide a notice to suspend licence which always gets someone to do something, it's probably the best sanction we do," Mr Williams said.
"Wheel clamping in regional areas is the last resort.
"But people do have options. We can do payment plans which can be as little as $20 a fortnight to pay the fines off.
"We can get them to do community work which is really popular or we can bail people to go before a magistrate."
Offences detected during the Bendigo operation included: five unlicensed drivers; four suspended drivers; seven unregistered cars; one breach interlock condition; one mobile phone; one unregistered trailer; and one exceed speed.