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Alberta government puts freeze on new photo radar equipment

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Alberta’s UCP government is putting the breaks on photo radar.

As of December 1st, municipalities and police agencies across the province won’t be able to install new or upgraded photo radar devices or deploy existing photo radar equipment to new locations.

The freeze will be in place while the government works to refine rules for photo radar site selection, operational restrictions and data collection.

Transportation Minister Ric McIver says the goal is to ensure photo radar is used for safety, not to generate backdoor tax revenue.

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A temporary freeze means municipalities and police cannot purchase or install new and costly equipment while we work with them to build better oversight and reporting on the effectiveness of photo radar.”, says McIver.

A review last year also found photo radar operations in Alberta showed only a marginal contribution to traffic safety, despite Alberta having the highest number of photo radar devices per capita compared to other provinces.

The freeze will be in place while government works to refine rules for photo radar site selection, operational restrictions and data collection.

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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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