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If you noticed more speed traps on the road (or infractions on your driving record), there’s a reason: Metro is out in full force, and they’ve been handing out tickets like candy on Halloween.

And that, NASCAR driver-like friends, is where the Passport 9500ix radar detector comes in. Speed traps are no match for the GPS-enabled unit, which carries a database of thousands of known red-light and speed cameras to alert speed demons about speed traps before Metro’s radar guns get to them.

GPS updates are available online and can be downloaded straight to the unit via USB (free for 90 days). You can also program the detector to sound the alarm when you’re approaching the spot you got that $250 ticket last week—before you bought the radar detector. After a few saves, it’ll pay for itself. $499, escortradar.com.

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