Police warn motorists about “brake checking”

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MILFORD: A driver was cautioned after a report of “brake checking” a transport truck in Milford on Nov. 25.

East Hants RCMP S/Sgt. Cory Bushell said that police received a complaint that a small sedan was brake checking another vehicle, a transport truck, on Hwy 102 near exit 9 Milford. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle but did speak with the owner by phone.

“It had been raining hard at the time and the driver stated he was driving slow, and the transport truck was behind him flashing the headlights,” said S/Sgt. Bushell. “The driver was cautioned.”

He reminded motorists that brake checking is the practice of tapping ones brakes and or braking hard for a moment in order to deter another driver from tailgating.

Brake checking is extremely dangerous and illegal.

S/Sgt. Bushell said if brake checking resulted in a collision, one or both drivers could be held responsible depending on the circumstances.