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RCMP ticket drivers for taking photos while passing by accident scene

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The driver of a semi-truck was airlifted to hospital in Calgary after his rig rolled over this week on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Emergency crews were called out Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 29) when a tractor-trailer flipped over west of Suffield.

The driver was flown by HALO with serious injuries.

Redcliff RCMP says first responders on scene noticed several drivers taking photos of the accident scene on their cell phones. Police also issued five tickets for distracted driving, which carries a fine of $300 each.

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One of the people ticketed was a commercial truck driver passing by.

Mounties are reminding the public that it’s against the law to drive a vehicle while holding, viewing, or a using a cell phone or communication device.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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