3 To Know: New three-way stop

Marco Eagle

1. New three-way stop

On Friday, the City of Marco Island’s Public Works Engineering Department will deploy three-way stop signs at the intersection of South Barfield and Winterberry Drive, according to a press release from the city.

A stop sign with a partly cloudy sky in the background.

“The addition of these traffic control devices is required to provide additional safety to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians associated with the connection of the new shared use pathways at this intersection,” the press release stated.

The City will be conducting a week-long education campaign to inform residents, visitors and businesses.

2. Freeze your credit report now for free

One of the best ways to protect yourself from identity theft is now free.

Starting Friday, a new federal law allows people to freeze and unfreeze their credit at the three major credit bureaus without being charged. Before, it cost consumers in almost half the states $3 to $12 per bureau to freeze or unfreeze their credit reports.

A freeze prevents lenders from pulling a person’s credit report – a key part of the approval process for a credit card or loan – essentially preventing fraudsters from opening a new account in that person’s name or the name of someone in their family.

The new law comes more than a year after Equifax disclosed a major data breach that exposed the personal information of 148 million Americans and prompted lawmakers to rethink identity security.

3. Porsche says it won’t produce diesel models going forward

Porsche’s chief executive says the sports car maker won’t produce any new diesel models in the wake of parent company Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal.

German automaker Porsche has announced that it will no longer produce diesel-powered vehicles. The change comes as the carmaker continues to recover from the cheating scandal that hit parent company Volkswagen.

CEO Oliver Blume told Sunday’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper that although Porsche itself never developed and produced diesel engines, its image has suffered from the scandal that erupted in 2015. He was quoted as saying the company wants to concentrate on “what we can do particularly well,” citing high-performance gasoline models, hybrids and, starting next year, electric cars.

“That also means that there will be no more diesels from Porsche in the future,” Blume said.

He said Porsche hasn’t had any diesels in its range since February, and the “test phase” has shown that many diesel drivers are prepared to switch to gasoline or hybrid cars.