Ticket Cam Alert Illinois: Plainfield mayor, Rockdale police chief say red-light cameras reduced crashes

Two state lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban red-light cameras, but the Plainfield mayor and Rockdale police chief said the devices have helped reduce car crashes in their towns. Rockdale Police Chief Robert Dykstra said the red-light camera at South Larkin and Moen avenues has even helped his department solve an armed robbery. Dykstra said the camera managed to capture a photo of a suspected robber running across a street at the time a vehicle failed to heed a red light. “It’s an all-encompassing tool for us to use,” Dykstra said.

Illinois Cities approach possible gas tax hike with caution

Several west-central Illinois municipalities are taking a wait-and-see approach to a bill introduced in the state Senate that would allow municipalities to vote on increasing the fuel tax by 3 cents a gallon. The bill was filed Feb. 4 by Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago. If signed into law, municipalities would be able to impose a tax in 1-cent increments that could not exceed 3 cents per gallon of gas within the municipality, according to WICS-TV in Springfield.

Nissan warns about future of European plants as Brexit weighs

Nissan gave the starkest warning yet on the future of the automaker’s car factories in western Europe, with a plant in the UK threatened by Brexit and another in Spain suffering from a slump in demand. The Sunderland site in England, which makes models that account for the bulk of European sales, remains under a cloud of uncertainty, Gianluca de Ficchy, chairman of Nissan Europe, said Monday in a press conference near Paris. Should Britain fail to reach a free-trade agreement with the European Union, a resulting 10 percent tariff on cars and parts could not only spell the demise of the plant, which sends about three-quarters of its output to the continent, but also of Nissan’s entire European strategy, the executive said.

Tesla rival sets out to banish 160-year-old lead tech from cars

Your sleek new Tesla Model S or electronic BMW has a distinctly 19th century feature that you may not be aware of, among its batteries. A company in Estonia wants to change that. Skeleton Technologies Group OU is working on supercapacitors, light-weight and long-life components that can distribute intensive bursts of power. These may help eliminate lead-acid batteries, a piece of technology invented in 1859 that still lurks under the hoods of Teslas in addition to the main lithium-ion power source.

Geneva auto show organizers urge exhibitors to make health checks

The organizers of the Geneva auto show have asked exhibitors from coronavirus-infected areas to check staff for symptoms before arriving in Switzerland. The organizers also said they will step up cleaning and disinfection at the show’s venue, the Palexpo congress center next to Geneva airport. Geneva will host the show next week but restrictions on travel have caused other fairs including the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Frankfurt’s Light + Building fair and the Beijing auto show to be postponed or canceled.