"Brake Check"

"Brake check" is a term that many are talking about in today’s “aggressive driving world.” This behavior by some drivers can provoke other people to drive more aggressively, precipitating an increase in road rage incidents.

A “brake check” occurs when you are driving and you feel that the vehicle following you is tailgating your vehicle. So you react to this situation by quickly applying your brakes in an attempt to get the other driver’s attention so he will back off.

This action might make you feel better, but it can cause the other driver to react in an unexpected manner. If you cause this driver to have an accident, causing injury or property damage, then you will be held accountable for your actions.

The above example would be enforced under the Careless And Imprudent Driving City Ordinance 106-203 which states:

Every person operating a motor vehicle upon the public streets and highway within the city or upon any public or private lot, or parking lot for the use of customers, business invitees or employees of commercial or industrial establishments, shall operate the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner, exercising the highest degree of care, and shall operate the motor vehicle at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person.

Drive safely and obey all traffic regulations.