Operation Tortoise a success: Monaro police

Traffic congested in Braidwood heading home on Easter Monday. Photo: Elspeth Kernebone.

Traffic congested in Braidwood heading home on Easter Monday. Photo: Elspeth Kernebone.

A fatality free Easter weekend has led the Monaro Highway Patrol to declare Operation Tortoise a success.

Across the state there was nearly 7,700 speeding infringements, more than 300 major crashes and four people killed in car accidents.

While a car crash on the Hume Highway killed a woman on Tuesday morning.

But the figures closer to home were far more positive, with two high range drunk drivers and an high speed pursuit the only blemish in an otherwise good weekend.

"We were pretty happy with most people,” senior constable James Swan said. 

“There was unfortunately still quite a few speeding offences particularly on the Kings Highway.”

One man in his 40s was caught in Queanbeyan on Friday morning at around 8am with a blood alcohol reading of .153, while another man in his 60s was caught the following day after he pulled out in front of a highway patrol vehicle on Bungendore Road.

The latter’s reading was .204.

On Friday night, a man believed to be 24 years old led police on a chase.

"He was pursued around Queanbeyan where eventually he crashed in Campbell Street,” senior constable Swan said.

"There was a short foot pursuit and he was apprehended.”

All three men were charged and were due to face court this week.

Holiday-makers trying to cash in on the last bit of sun at the coast thickened traffic through Braidwood on Monday.

Senior constable Swan said he was pleased the traffic didn’t create any major incidents.

"Apart from a few speeding offences there was no serious motor vehicle collisions or injury collisions, so we we were very happy in relation to that,” he said.

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