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Crackdown on bad driving behaviours seems to be working, according to Lethbridge Police.

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A few months ago Lethbridge Police stepped up enforcement after several public complaints about vehicles speeding, racing, stunting, and excessive noise.

Officers put a major focus on some hot spot areas around the city, including Mayor Magrath Drive, the West Crossings area, and the north side industrial park and now say it appears we’re are seeing some good results.

Last week, LPS gave out 75 tickets under the Traffic Safety Act over two nights and also towed away 8 vehicles for various violations.

Acting LPS Traffic Sergeant, Brent Paxman says there are still a lot of vehicles out and about, however they’ve noticed less offenders since enforcement was stepped up.

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The bulk of the tickets issued on the two evenings were for equipment violations, including loud mufflers, something Paxman says impacts people’s quality of life. “They purchase a house, maybe it’s their dream house, and they can’t sleep at night because people are driving, fast, obnoxious and loud. We’re trying to stop that,” he said.

Paxman also notes that since enforcement was beefed up, public complaints have dropped off, which is good news.

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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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