• Feb 19, 2010
Granted, we're a little weird around here, but we've been dreaming of a multi-stage nitrous system since the sixth grade. We saw our friend's big brother lay down some fat rubber marks all around the cul-de-sac in his primer'd and blown '72 El Camino and BAM!, we were sold on the idea that increasing the air part of the air/fuel equation was the smart, righteous thing to do.

Sadly, nitrous ain't all that legal in most places. Mississippi was one of the dozen remaining hold outs until some idiots in a blown car decided to take some police on a high speed chase that ended in the death of Trooper Steve Hood. As such, NOS is now illegal in Mississippi street cars, and is the 39th state to pass such a law.

As far as the specifics go, no one's sure exactly how the law is written. We know (for instance) that in California you can have a nitrous oxide system in your car and the bottle can even be hooked up, however said bottle must be 100% empty. In other states you're not allowed to have the bottle screwed in. Still, in others, a NOS system is illegal period.

Our pals at Bangshift.com (who know a whole heck of a lot more about this subject than we do ) are telling Mississippi residents, "Seeing as though this is a law fresh in the minds of law enforcement and represents an emotional event for the Mississippi State Troopers, we'd stow our bottle well away from the mount when headed to the race track." Sage advice, and much wiser than our hide-a-NOS-system in a fake battery ala Smokey Yunick suggestion.

[Source: Bangshift]


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      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well.. there's another California law that I have completely ignored and forgot about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Good luck registering your car, pal.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Luckily we don't have inspection ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty soon you won't be able to mod your cars at all.... no bolt ons, power adders, suspension, wheels and tires, etc.... nothing. It'll be a sad sad day, just shoot me when it arrives.
        • 4 Years Ago
        or california.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In Sweden everything that changes the output of the engine is banned. Headers, open air filters and so on, but they mostly wont care about the filter. Maybe the headers. Also, you are only allowed to use the stock size wheels, but they will only fine you if your wheels are wider then the wheel arches. Just stupid if you ask me...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The guy wasnt an Idiot Mr Lieberman. Its our justice system with their increasing police state tactics that are the problem. It's gotten so bad in some states that's its better and safer to run from the cops than to actually face "Justice' (Oppression).

      Come on Mr Lieberman, PROBE THAT.

      1. Probe the reasons why the powers that be want slower cars on the road.

      2. Suppose I have a chase with the cops, and they blamed it on my Accent having an exhaust and intake. Are you going to just call me an idiot in an article becuase they banned intakes and exhausts, and not do something about this oppressive government taking freedoms away, or are you going to stand up like a man and fight?

      3. You as a journalist need to be responsible and think of the ramifications this can lead up to. If they can take away NOS they can take away everything, and anything aftermarket, sir. So, dont be too quick to judge people.

      Be a solution to the problem, not a contributor to the problem. I know you can do it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Better and safer to run from the cops (oppression)"???

        You are 100% f-ing 1diot. If you can't get a license, register your car and insurance it like the rest of us, then you deserve to be pulled over. If basic, simple laws "oppress" you and you run from police, risking lives, you deserve the frequent result of those actions: The de facto D-penalty.

        I'm sorry, but I've got zero patience for morons like you who would even suggest running from police is an option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So if you can't have NOS, can you have ZEX? ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yay! Law enforcement people over reacting AGAIN? What's new?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They could have lobbied for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, because law enforcement writes the laws, too!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't use/own/or even care about putting NO2 in my car, but even I can see this is just an emotional kneejerk reaction from incompetent lawmakers. Sorry the cop died, maybe he should have known how to drive at high speeds before actually doing so.

      Nos was not involved in his death at all. People die from food poisoning, let's outlaw food! There are a million examples of people dying doing certian things beyond their abilities... it really shows how much brain power those lawmakers are working with if they think this is going to have any effect.

      This is just another piece of crap legislation that will ultimately push myself (and many others like me) to revolt against the current crapshack of a government.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me get this straight: Mississippi is a solid GOP/conservative state, no? Aren't these conservatives all about "self responsibility" and "less government intrusion/regulation"? If I'm a law-abiding citizen who wants to enjoy my car with laughing gas, why would they introduce legislation to outlaw something that responsible citizens (like all those gun owners) would never think of abusing? So government intrusion into my life is OK as long as it's politically popular? Isn't that what Democrats do?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @henrykrinkle: for responsibly going from zero to the speed limit as quickly and as steadily as possible. What use could turbos and superchargers have then? To get responsible, law-abiding citizens like me from zero to speed limit the way I want to go about it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you think that certain states are automatically going to side with freedom and liberty, you would be mistaken. It's a day-by-day battle all across America. That doesn't mean that the effort is not worthwhile. Unfortunately, a dead kid or a dead cop tends to cause all other reason to be thrown out out the window. The fact that someone's car had nitrous had probably a negligible effect on the outcome... but those who want to restrict freedoms are alive and well even in every local.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Democrat, Republican, Libertarian-no difference. They may put on a good show on the surface and get everyone to buy into their politocal ideology, but behind the closed doors, they're all on the same page. Bullcrappers, all of them.

        This is coming from someone who has years of experience dealing with these jerks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be fair though that argument can be used against any car that can go fast.

        Most performance vehicles have no practical purpose.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Steady On "vf34wrx" if your going to make a political point you can't be using logic, reasoning and facts. That's just not allowed.

        I was thinking exactly the same thing. I was also wondering since the Car Hobby is a billion dollar per year industry how come there has been no out cry. How come there aren't legions of lobbyists trying to get this nonsense stopped.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are legal reasons and uses for gun ownership: hunting, target shooting, protection, etc. Now name a legal, responsible use of nitrous on public roads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You're a hoodlum Cop!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hoodlum: (noun) A person who engages in crime and violence. A hooligan or gangster.

        Now, I normally try to avoid getting involved in arguments, but I definitely only saw one of you advocating deliberately disregarding the law, and more importantly, the safety of others. As for your views on the morals and ethics of the law enforcement community as a whole, I certainly cannot flatly disagree, but I can say this.

        We are all equal. Neither you nor I are better than anyone else. Everyone faces hardship in their lives, and few people deserve most of it, but we are not entitled to jeopardize the safety of others to avoid it. When you get behind the wheel of a car, you take control of a multi-ton projectile that can do more damage than any bullet, and would do well to remember that. As drivers, and particularly as automotive enthusiasts, we all have a responsibility to everyone around us to operate our vehicles safely. To do any less would be the same as if a firearms collector were to walk down the street waving a loaded gun around. Each is not treating what could be a potentially deadly weapon with the respect it deserves, and each damages the image of an entire hobby and community. The police aren't the ones who do the most damage to the car hobby, it's the fools who think that they can do whatever they want behind the wheel without consequence.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does it seem wrong that this guy is getting charged with manslaughter because this officer tried to drive past his own ability? It'd be the same as if he were to crash on his way to a call 3 miles away and the suspect getting charged with manslaughter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The law is pretty clear: If you were in the getaway car two blocks away, and your buddies kill someone during a robbery, you're just as guilty of that crime as they are. If you light a cooking fire in the forest and it becomes a wildfire in which firefighters die two weeks later, you're guilty of manslaughter.

        Same thing with running from police: If your actions result in someone losing their life, be it a pedestrian who lost their balance or law enforcement chasing (a reasonable rsult of your actions), you're guilty. The causal relationship need not be direct.

        This is established precedent going back to the 19th century.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pssst. Your ignorance is showing. Please read my comment below.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the picture of Brian Spielman (AKA Paul Walker) with the caption "I need NOS..."???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good thing they haven't outlawed turbos, because there are plenty of street cars putting down 1500hp+ to the wheels. Hell, some are even doing it on E85.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Laws like this are stupid. First it is sad this man died. That said laws like this are pointless. Saying that NOS should only be on a race car is the same as saying a super charger or turbo should only be on a race car. NOS runs out turbos don't. So there is more of a case to ban those. I don't see anyone dumping their 3-seris anytime soon do you? It is a law passed by a politician looking for re-election at a time when he/she can win points with the public. I don't have NOS I probably never will, but you all have to admit this is a dumb law that will change nothing. High speed pursuits are dangerous all the time. People often die or get injured most of the time it's an innocent bystander. Keep the blame on the person running from the police not the car he was using. If we place blame on things to make us feel better about the situation we'll soon all be driving Tata nano's speed limited to 40 miles an hour.
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