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Intersection safety focus for Lethbridge Police during January

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LETHBRIDGE, AB. – Awareness on intersection safety is a major focus for Lethbridge Police right now.

LPS say on average, 64 people die and another 8,000 are injured in collisions at intersections in Alberta each year.

Some of the most common errors drivers make are: following too closely; making an unsafe left turn; disregarding a stop sign; and running a red light.

When excessive speed is added into the mix, the likelihood of a collision increases.

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Police says enforcement alone isn’t enough to make intersections safer. They’re asking you to make safe driving decisions and pay closer attention.

LPS note the onus is on all users of our roads to be diligent.

Here are some tips to stay safe while driving though intersections:

  • Always look before proceeding through an intersection – remember the road is also shared with pedestrians.
  • Leave an abundance of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of yours.
  • Ensure it is safe to turn left, before making the turn.
  • Ensure you come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs.
  • Adjust your driving for the road conditions.
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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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