Have you ever held your breath while driving through a tunnel? While this sounds pretty odd, it's a game or superstition that has been around a long time. Many people make a wish before entering a tunnel and then hold their breath until driving out of it. They believe that the wish will come true. Others just think it's good luck. But holding your breath while driving is as stupid and dangerous as it sounds. And one young man just found out how stupid and dangerous.
Daniel J. Calhon, a 19-year-old man from Washington state, decided to hold his breath while driving through a tunnel in Portland, Oregon. He fainted about halfway through, causing the car to veer into the center lane and crash into another car head on.
Three other people were injured: Calhon's passenger, who is also 19, and the two unfortunate individuals in the car who were driving in the opposite direction, both of them in their 60s. Luckily, no one was killed, but it's unclear how serious everyone's injuries were.
While holding your breath while driving is never a fabulous idea, no doubt we've all done it at one point another. If you've ever gotten a whiff of a nearby skunk or garbage facility, you've probably done it. But you might want to breathe through your mouth next time something foul hits the olfactory system, since passing out can be caused by holding your breath. In Calhon's case, it would have only taken about 10 seconds to drive through the tunnel, yet that was enough to cause some serious damage.
Calhon has been charged with reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment, and fourth-degree assault. Reportedly, there were no drugs or alcohol in his system -- but there was a lot of bad judgment.
Have you ever played this game? Do you think he should go to prison for this?
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