Recently a women in Oregon was arrested for drunken driving. It turns out she was NOT under the influence of alcohol or any other drug, but experiencing a Migraine attack. She was slapped in the backseat of a police car, arrested, booked and charged.
The woman has accepted $1500.00 to drop her lawsuit against the Portland Police department. This poor woman has since had to move out of Oregon due to the repercussions of this ordeal. Portland will also pay about $1500.00 in attorney fees, but does NOT acknowledge fault.
I really feel for this woman. But I think the bigger point here is not to drive while you are in the middle of a Migraine attack. Besides being a danger to yourself, you may endanger the lives of others while you are behind the wheel. About 25% of us experience visual aura during a Migraine attack, which can wreak havoc with our eyesight. Many Migraineurs are light sensitive during these attacks too. Something as simple as a flashing light or reflection bouncing off another car and hitting us in the eye may cause us to have an accident. In addition to our light sensitivity our reflexes are usually slower during a Migraine attack and we don't even realize it.
I just thought you would want to know.
Edited by NancyHOST
Published On: April 15, 2007