Woman Crashes While Talking To Star 94
January 21, 2009 at 5:11 AM (PT)
A pregnant woman known only as ALLISON told WXIA-TV 11’s JILL BECKER and KARYN GREER what happened when she called into LINCOLN FINANCIAL Top 40 WSTR (STAR 94)/ATLANTA's morning show to confess she had already broken her new year’s resolution. MSNBC reports in the middle of the call, the show’s host heard, "NOAH, NOAH, NOAH, NOAH."
"The first words out of my mouth were NOAH because that’s the name of my baby and I was so scared that I lost him I kept screaming please GOD not NOAH," ALLISON said.
ALLISON and her baby are fine but she admits her mind is not on the road. "I was so caught up in being on the phone and not paying attention," said ALLISON.
Dr. DAVID BURKE, a brain injury expert at EMORY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE says talking on a cell phone pulls your concentration away from driving and slows your response to stimuli like an oncoming car.
That’s why reaction times of drunk drivers and cell phone users are similar.
"Your slow to respond because your sensors are globally impaired when you are drinking or you’re slow to respond because you are listening to the call intently and taking enough energy so you would be slow to respond or recognize there is a danger in front of you," said Dr. BURKE.
ALLISON learned a lesson. Her and her unborn child were spared the consequences. "You think you’re invincible and you are not," ALLISON said.