Speeder's Friend, Smokey's Foe

Both motoring and radar-detector sales are roaring right along

With gasoline prices low and fears of terrorism and radioactive fallout abroad relatively high, U.S. drivers are expected to hit the road in record numbers in 1986. In its latest survey, the American Automobile Association forecasts that some 95 million Americans will take auto trips this summer, an 8% increase over 1985. Many of those motorists are bound to indulge in a familiar American pastime: avoiding speed traps. Indeed, U.S. drivers in ever increasing numbers are turning for help in that unsporting effort to one of the hottest of automobile accessories, the miniature radar detector.

Once an obscure gadget found mostly...

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