A major police operation will ramp up over the Easter long weekend to enforce the travel restrictions and social distancing laws that are in effect.

Police forces across the country are saying they will not hesitate to issue heavy fines if they pull drivers over this weekend and will issue tickets for non-essential travels.

In addition to roadside checks, officers will be using CCTV and number plate recognition to check on cars along busy roads and motorways.

The on-the-spot fines differ in each state. In Queensland, drivers risk paying $1,300, in NSW, $1,000 and in Victoria about $1600.

The fines apply to everyone in the car, not just the driver.