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Concerns about racing & stunting; Lethbridge Police cracking down

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Several complaints in recent weeks about concerning traffic offences has local police stepping up enforcement.

Lethbridge Police say there has been an increasing is reports of  speeding, stunting and racing taking place around the city.

Sergeant Kevin Tablot with the LPS traffic unit says if you’re caught it could cost you in the pocket book.

“Speeding fines range from $110 to $495,” says Talbot. “It also brings with it a range of 2 to 6 demerit points against your licence if you’re caught speeding. Stunting is a $567 fine as is racing and careless driving.”

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The main problem areas in Lethbridge right now are along Mayor Magrath Drive, Scenic Drive, 24th Avenue South, Metis Trail West and the far west end of Whoop-Up Drive.

Talbot says police are cracking down. “This is based on our own observations as police officers as to the activity we are seeing on these roads. Also, the public is complaining and we have to respond in some fashion. This is one piece of that is to educate everybody that this activity won’t be tolerated.”

The Sergeant was asked if any of this has to do with organized car clubs, however Talbot noted that does not appear to be the case at all, stressing there’s nothing to indicate that.

Talbot also notes the concerning traffic reports have come in involving cars, trucks, and motorbikes. He encourages residents who do witness racing or stunting or excessive speeding to call the Lethbridge Police complaints line.

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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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