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High non-compliance in Lethbridge-area commercial vehicle check

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Lethbridge Police are taking part in a three day joint forces operation targeting unsafe commercial vehicles.

The inspection got started Tuesday and will continue through Thursday (July 30-Aug. 1)

Constable Stewart Seefried with the LPS Traffic Unit says non-compliance during the check has been above 70%. “It seems to always be the same (stuff each year). Cargo securement is a big issue. Then the number of different types of mechanical things. We find worn components on the drive line suspension. Brakes is another big one, not adjusted properly, not functioning properly, and airlines worn.”

Seefried says some of the commercial vehicle fines can range be pricey ranging from $300 to $800 dollars per infraction. He notes he was part of a commercial vehicle inspection in Medicine Hat last year and handed out over $3000 in fines to just one driver.

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He notes it’s important these vehicles get checked to make sure they’re in compliance as commercial vehicles are travelling the same roads and highways each day as everyone else. “I know this is frustrating for some people. I explained to one driver today that we’re here for everyone’s safety, all drivers on the highway including truck drivers.  They have to understand the check is here to try and catch and remove some of these unsafe vehicles off our roads.”

The joint forces inspection includes LPS, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Calgary Police, and local Peace Officers.

On day one of the inspection, 68 commercial vehicles were checks and 72% of those failed.

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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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