OPERATION Nexus is underway as Victoria Police aim to stamp out dangerous driving this Easter.

Thousands of motorists will be tested for drugs and alcohol over the long weekend as police saturate Victorian roads, Minister for Police Lisa Neville revealed.

The first of a new fleet of 10 state-of-the-art alcohol and drug buses will join the existing fleet to target drivers who are putting lives at risk.

Operation Nexus began at midnight with police to also focus on speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, fatigue and distraction.

Ms Neville said thousands of drivers will be stopped.

“Police will be out in force this Easter long weekend — targeting drivers who are speeding, distracted and drug and alcohol impaired to reduce road trauma,” she said.

“If you are tired and fatigued, stop and take a break – we want all Victorians to arrive home safely to their families as they travel across the state.

“We don’t want to see any more lives lost on our roads because of those making poor choices when they get behind the wheel.”