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Alberta taking action to increase safety of snowplow & tow truck drivers

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This winter, snowplow operators on Alberta highways will be allowed to use flashing white strobe lights to increase their visibility.

New signage installed along Alberta highways will remind people to drive to the conditions and be cautious near roadside workers.

“New lights and signage will make sure workers are more visible on the highway and encourage motorists to be alert to roadside workers. As drivers and fellow Albertans, we owe it to them to drive responsibly so that each of us can get home safely,” Ric McIver

Provincial Transportation Minister, Ric McIver says snowplow and tow truck drivers are essential workers who face significant risks as they keep our highways clear and safe for travel.

A social media campaign will educate Albertans about the need to drive safely this winter, including when driving by snowplow operators and tow trucks.

The UCP government will also be consulting with Albertans throughout the winter to gauge their awareness of worker safety and identify further steps that should be taken to protect roadside workers, including the expanded use of lights.

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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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