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Mississippi Bans Nitrous Oxide in Street Cars

Posted in Horsepower, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | February 11th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Mississippi has become the thirty ninth state banning the use of nitrous oxide to increase horsepower of cars driven on public roads. The law was enacted after the death of Trooper Steve Hood, who died during a high speed chase last May. The driver involved in the chase was later found to have a nitrous system installed in his Trans Am.

Penalties are steep, with a first offense costing between $250 and $1,000, plus up to 48 hours in jail. The law does not impact the use of nitrous oxide in competition, and it does not specify if the bottle must be removed or the system simply disabled for road use.

I’m all for keeping the roads safer, but is this an indication of things to come? If nitrous oxide kits (which produce a temporary horsepower gain) are outlawed, how long will it be before we see the same kind of bans on turbos, blowers, intakes, exhausts and ECU upgrades?

Source: Bangshift

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3 Responses

  1. michael mann says:

    the law abiding citizens are always the ones who suffer from laws imposed on us due due to the deeds of a few. I fear we are going to a government who imposes laws on the many to control the few.

  2. Kurt says:

    Bad news, Michael, it only gets worse from here:


    Welcome to the brave new world, where cars are built for the lowest common denominator driver. Sure, we could just teach people to drive (and retest them, regularly), but lawmakers prefer to come up with new absurdities to keep us same from ourselves.

  3. chuck says:

    so does this also apply to my ss cobalt which i ordered from the factory the optional 50 shot of nitrous fully covered under new car warranty even…

    it is stupid that cops get adrenaline rush cause deaths then later blame the suspect who has not been convicted of a crime. get the plate then back off an let plane or chopper follow them so suspect loses that scared rabbit thing, and many innocent people will live to die another tragedy