Thousands of motorists are expected to be tested for drugs or alcohol over the 2018 Easter long weekend, as police saturate highways, regional and suburban roads as a part of Operation Nexus.
Victorian Minister for Police Lisa Neville joined Victoria Police to launch the five-day police operation to target impaired and dangerous drivers across the state.
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 their own and other road users’ lives at risk.
Operation Nexus began at midnight with police to also focus on speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, fatigue and distraction.
While police will be out in force across the state — five priority areas including Yarra Ranges, Brimbank, Benalla, Casey and Cardinia and Geelong and the Surf Coast have been identified.
State Highway Patrol members will be supported by all available resources, including general duties police officers, the Solo Unit, Heavy Vehicle Unit, Road Policing Drug and Alcohol Section (RPDAS), Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and the Operational Response Unit.
The Victorian Government has invested $1.1 billion for a package for the Towards Zero strategy including improving roads and safety infrastructure on metropolitan and regional roads.
As part of the Government’s record $2 billion police investment, a further nine new alcohol and drug buses will be rolled out by early 2019 to give police greater flexibility to target locations across regional Victoria.
Police conducted 147,000 breath tests and tested thousands of motorists for drugs over the four-day Labour Day long weekend in March 2018.
Operation Nexus will run until 11.59pm on Monday 2 April 2018.
Source: Vic Government