Italian town catches 58,000 speeding cars in two weeks – BBC News

When the tiny Italian town of Acquetico set up a trial speed camera, it did not expect to see a probable record: 58,568 speeding offences in just two weeks.

Local mayor Alessandro Alessandri set up the pilot after dozens of the 120 residents complained about speeding.

But even he could hardly believe the results that arrived on his desk.

The data showed, on average, a speeding car passed every few minutes in the 50km/h (31mph) zone – with the worst offender reaching 135km/h (84mph).

“It’s really madness, considering that we have inhabitants who regularly move within the village and cross the road,” Mayor Alessandri told Italy’s Ansa news agency.

Source: Italian town catches 58,000 speeding cars in two weeks – BBC News

Volkswagen to spend 44 billion euros on electric, autonomous cars by 2023

Volkswagen said it will spend 44 billion euros on electric cars, digitalisation, autonomous driving and new mobility services by 2023.

The war chest is to be spent in the four years between 2019 and 2023 and represents about a third of the company’s total outlay allocated to the four-year period.

“One aim of the Volkswagen Group’s strategy is to speed up the pace of innovation. We are focusing our investments on the future fields of mobility and systematically implementing our strategy,” Herbert Diess, the CEO of Volkswagen, said in a press release, issued after a Supervisory Board meeting Friday.

Source: Volkswagen to spend 44 billion euros on electric, autonomous cars by 2023

AG: Car dealers in Allegheny, Fayette counties deceived consumers | TribLIVE

Car dealers and salespeople in 11 counties, including two each in Allegheny and Fayette counties,have agreed to stop deceptive advertising practices and paid fines for listing vehicles online as being sold by private individuals instead of through businesses, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced on Thursday.

All dealers cited in the sweep advertised on Craigslist as individual sellers rather than as dealers, providing insufficient information to consumers viewing their postings — as is required under state consumer protection law, according to investigators with the attorney general’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

In southwestern Pennsylvania, dealerships cited were Rau Automotive and Premier Automotive, both in Allegheny County, and Roberts Auto Sales and Triple C Autoplex, both in Fayette County, according to Shapiro.

Source: AG: Car dealers in Allegheny, Fayette counties deceived consumers | TribLIVE

Man crashes pickup truck into Mississippi courthouse to tell authorities his drug paraphernalia was stolen

Keith Cavalier, 28, has been charged with driving under the influence and malicious mischief because of damage to the building.

News outlets reported that the Gulfport Police Department said in a news release that 28-year-old Keith Cavalier told officers he intentionally crashed into the Harrison County Courthouse early Saturday because it was the best way to let them know his drug paraphernalia had been stolen.

No one was hurt.

Cavalier has been charged with driving under the influence and malicious mischief because of damage to the building. The Gulfport man is being held in the county jail. It was not known if he has an attorney yet.

County offices were closed Monday for Veterans Day.

Source: Man crashes pickup truck into Mississippi courthouse to tell authorities his drug paraphernalia was stolen

Greensburg police trying to identify truck that caused $12K damage in hit and run | TribLIVE

Greensburg police are looking for help identifying a truck that pulled down a decorative light pole Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Chad Zucco said the truck had a long flatbed trailer and appeared to be hauling gas drilling equipment through the city at 8:44 a.m. Something on the truck hit a pole on South Main Street in front of First Commonwealth Bank and the driver did not stop, he said.

The pole is valued at about $12,000, Zucco said.

Police don’t know the name of the company or business that owns the truck. A surveillance image shows that it has a red cab with dark lettering on the passenger side door.

Anyone who recognizes the truck is asked to call police at 724-834-3800.

Source: Greensburg police trying to identify truck that caused $12K damage in hit and run | TribLIVE

3 Girl Scouts and adult picking up highway trash killed in alleged hit-and-run – ABC News

Three Girl Scouts and an adult supervisor who were picking up trash along a Wisconsin highway were killed on Saturday in what authorities said was a hit-and-run, according to Wausau ABC affiliate WAOW.

A fourth Girl Scout was hospitalized in critical condition.

Colton Treu, 21, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, allegedly left the scene, but later surrendered to authorities and was arrested, WAOW reported.

Source: 3 Girl Scouts and adult picking up highway trash killed in alleged hit-and-run – ABC News

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Uber launches US subscription service in five cities – BBC News

Taxi-hailing firm Uber has launched a membership scheme dubbed Ride Pass, for passengers in five US cities.

The deal allows passengers to avoid price surging, when costs rise at rush hour and other in-demand times.

The fixed-fare plan costs $24.99 (£19) a month in Los Angeles and $14.99 in Austin, Denver, Miami, and Orlando.

Uber plans to expand the scheme to other US cities in 2019, but says it has no plans at present to introduce it in London or other UK cities.

‘Reliable alternative’

The firm is also hoping the initiative will convince passengers that it is more economical to use Uber, and to give up their own cars,

Source: Uber launches US subscription service in five cities – BBC News