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Lethbridge Police lay only one impaired charge during holiday check stops

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Only one impaired driver was charged in Lethbridge during this holiday season’s annual check stop campaign.

Police completed the campaign with enforcement efforts on New Year’s Eve.

The final night of 2020 saw officers deal with about 275 vehicles at various locations.

While there were no impaired driving charges that evening, LPS did issue one immediate roadside suspension for a driver with a graduated licence.

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The two previous check stops of the 2020 campaign saw a total of one impaired driving charge, one refusal to stop for a check stop, two vehicle seizures for suspended drivers, four warrants for various offences and 13 traffic tickets.

Lethbridge Police say the number of charges this year was down from previous campaigns, and officers believe that can be attributed to less traffic on the roads due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Not only were social gatherings restricted, restaurants, licensed establishments and other outdoor events were closed to dine-in service.

(With files from LPS)

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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