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Traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi decreased by 40 percent last week, and a 20 percent drop occurred in Dubai

Millions of BlackBerry users around the world experienced an outage last week that lasted for as long as four days. While such an event was frustrating for most who use Research In Motion's (RIMs) BlackBerry devices for work, police officers say the lack of mobile use was a good thing for roadways.

According to police in the United Arab Emirates, the inability to text or read emails during the BlackBerry outage last week led to less traffic accidents in the area.

Traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi decreased by 40 percent last week, and a 20 percent drop occurred in Dubai. Lt Gen Khalfan Tamiim, the chief of Dubai Police, and Brig Gen Hussein Al Harethi, director of the Abu Dhabi Police traffic department, said that the decrease in traffic accidents is attributed to the BlackBerry outage that began Monday, October 10.

"Absolutely nothing has happened in the past week in terms of killings on the road and we're really glad about that," said Harethi. "People are slowly starting to realize the dangers of using their phone while driving. The roads became much safer when BlackBerry stopped working."

According to RIM, there are 70 million BlackBerry users around the globe. The outage began in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on Monday, October 10, then spread to South America and Asia on Tuesday, and the United States and Canada on Wednesday. RIM apologized and offered free premium apps to compensate for the disruption.

Source: Naked Security



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Math
By GmTrix on 10/18/2011 11:24:36 AM , Rating: 1
So if being out for 4 days of the week reduces accidents by 40% I guess that means that accidents would be down 70% if it was out all week?

Does that mean blackberry owners are responsible for 70% of all accidents in Abu Dhabi? Lol




RE: Math
By JasonMick (blog) on 10/18/2011 11:29:45 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
So if being out for 4 days of the week reduces accidents by 40% I guess that means that accidents would be down 70% if it was out all week?

Does that mean blackberry owners are responsible for 70% of all accidents in Abu Dhabi? Lol

Correlation != Causation

UAE logic fail... sigh...


RE: Math
By The Raven on 10/18/2011 11:51:35 AM , Rating: 1
Also are we assuming that 100% of drivers have BBs?


RE: Math
By dgingerich on 10/18/2011 12:53:49 PM , Rating: 4
After almost being run over by a mortgage insurance executive in a parking lot, driving his Ford F-250 dualie with his hands on his BB at the top of the steering wheel, I'd say it's more likely 100% of BB users cause accidents, eventually.


RE: Math
By ClownPuncher on 10/18/2011 1:16:28 PM , Rating: 2
What you say seems to be fact. I cannot refute anecdotal evidence.


RE: Math
By The Raven on 10/18/2011 2:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
I also was almost run over by a mortgage insurance executive driving his Ford F-250 dualie with his hands on his BB at the top of the steering wheel. Luckily the light turned yellow and susequntly red, and he slowed to a stop.

On the other hand I was ACTUALLY rear ended by a teenager who didn't own a cell phone in 1998.


RE: Math
By MrBlastman on 10/18/2011 3:08:04 PM , Rating: 4
Since we're being anecdotal, back in 1999 I happened to be rear ended by a woman (get the dirty thoughts out of your head right now) driving a pickup truck while she was yacking on her cellphone. When I got out of her car, I quickly noted to myself that she was _not_ a mortgage insurance executive.

I did, however, want to grab her phone that was still firmly clutched in her hand and throw it at her, but I did now. I will go on record saying that what I _did_ note to myself was her friend that came to help her (whom let me use her phone as I had no cellphone at the time) was modestly attractive.

Unfortunately, due to the prior rear-ending and utter pain in the azz that it all caused (not to mention back pain), I was not in the mood at the time to pursue a potential repeat-rear ender. It could have turned out to be a painful relationship. I already had my bumper permanently modified once and that was enough.


RE: Math
By MrBlastman on 10/18/2011 3:09:31 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, please change "When I got out of her car" to "When I got out of my car." However, when you think about it, when I got out of "her" car sure makes it more interesting.


RE: Math
By The Raven on 10/18/2011 5:23:51 PM , Rating: 2
For some reason I have a Billy Ocean song stuck in my head now...


RE: Math
By MrBlastman on 10/18/2011 10:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
Ahhh the wonderful 80's... Such great tunes.


RE: Math
By foolsgambit11 on 10/18/2011 5:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, was that me? I'm sure I was the only teenager to rear-end somebody in 1998.


RE: Math
By tastyratz on 10/18/2011 11:56:15 AM , Rating: 1
Absolutely. A very small sample group (population wise) and a sample size of only 4 days? How many accidents could they possibly normally have in a 4 day period? What average are they comparing against? Useless statistic if you ask me.

And considering the blackberry marketshare I find those kinds of numbers in plausible. There simply are not enough on the road anymore compared to android/iphone to make that drastic of a dent imho.


RE: Math
By Samus on 10/18/2011 10:44:07 PM , Rating: 4
Every. Single. Person. Missed the point.

If you read the Naked Security analysis, you'd understand their is a direct correlation to cell phone use and traffic accidents. They studied every week of traffic accidents throughout the year and last week had the lowest number by 40% when averaging all weeks of the year together.

It just so happens the Blackberry outage occured last week when a low number of accidents was reported, so without an expensive study, its safe to assume cell phone use = more traffic accidents.

Now that isn't shocking. We already know that using a cell phone while driving can be as dangerous as being intoxicated as previous studies have shown. But Blackberry phone service (voice/text) was unaffected. Only the data service was affected.

This shows how many people actually read/write email and surf the web while operating a dangerous 2-ton machine.


RE: Math
By tastyratz on 10/20/2011 1:33:06 PM , Rating: 2
No, this does NOT show that. The point was that someone correlated the statistic. I disagree with what point you agree with.

I am sure there are PLENTY of other weeks during the year that are 40% below the average, it's the AVERAGE... and less than 1 week is not long enough to determine a reliable trend.
Did it contribute? Sure I bet it did... but the statistics are crap. Do you really think almost half of people in accidents are using a blackberry device for e-mails?

The numbers are illogical, and the study is inconclusive at best, even if a rational association can be connected.


RE: Math
By Schrag4 on 10/18/2011 12:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. 10% per day. Makes perfect sense. After 10 days there would be no fatalities! After 20 days all the fatalities from the 10 days preceeding the outage would come back to life!!!!

*rollseyes*


RE: Math
By GmTrix on 10/18/2011 1:25:42 PM , Rating: 3
Its hard to fit 10 days into a week but sure!


RE: Math
By Schrag4 on 10/19/2011 11:40:47 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, my 10 days in a week isn't as bad as the OP's math. That was kinda the point. It's an utter math fail all the way around so I thought I'd join in on the fail.


RE: Math
By The Raven on 10/20/2011 4:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
Hey the Beatles were able to get eight days in a week. I'm sure some group like Coldplay has gotten us up to ten by now, or better yet Spinal Tap has gotten us up to 11.


RE: Math
By hankw on 10/18/2011 12:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
This is why I hate when people quote things in percent. It's meaningless without actual figures. Just stupid marketing speak.
If they had 1 accident per day, then had none the next, that's a 100% drop!!


Report these people
By Mitch101 on 10/18/2011 11:20:29 AM , Rating: 2
We need an easy method of reporting these people who drive and text. At least once a week and 3 times in one day I was nearly run into by a texter or someone messing around with their phone on the highway. Id like to get out and beat these people but then I'm at fault. The traffic alone because cars aren't moving because people cant put down their phone it out of control.

The lights green we need to move sorry your busy texting. I need something more than just blowing the horn at them. Like a permanent sticker I can put on their car.

Howard Stern had a great idea issue everyone paintball guns and for the ahole drivers you shoot their car. Cops would drive around looking for cars with more than 3 paintball marks and issue them tickets. Its not possible but loved the idea of being able to target and identify the people who are an accident waiting to happen.




RE: Report these people
By The Raven on 10/18/2011 11:49:13 AM , Rating: 2
Actually don't. Let them text and die. Watch an episode of Access Hollywood and tell me that we don't need to have the gene pool natuarally skimmed.

As for yourself, make sure you act knowing that there are such people on the road. I was taught (by my parents and the public school system) to drive defensively.

And it also would't hurt to get a car that you are not afraid to scratch ;-)
http://www.insoc.org/Car.HTML

And to hell with gov't issued guns... just get your own... after all there isn't a specific law against shooting paintball guns while driving. ;-P


RE: Report these people
By M4gery on 10/18/2011 11:58:47 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
And to hell with gov't issued guns... just get your own... after all there isn't a specific law against shooting paintball guns while driving. ;-P


reckless endangerment


RE: Report these people
By The Raven on 10/18/2011 12:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
reckless endangerment

The ;-P was meant to indicate how I was being a smartass about how the existence of reckless endangerment laws didn't stop morons from passing texting-while-driving laws.


RE: Report these people
By rcc on 10/18/2011 1:51:02 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, unfortunately, that texter that killed themselves while driving under the influence of a smartphone also took the driver next to him out. That guy was going to perfect the economically feasible fusion reactor next week.

: (

So, while I'm basically in favor of natural selection, it's not just the stupid that are affected.


RE: Report these people
By The Raven on 10/18/2011 2:19:12 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
As for yourself, make sure you act knowing that there are such people on the road. I was taught (by my parents and the public school system) to drive defensively.
hookedonphonics.com...check it.
I was joking about a good portion of my comment, but this I am serious about. There will always be someone doing something dangerous on the road and you should minimize the chances that you are affected by them. More oft than not the police are just a clean up crew despite their best efforts. Sure the texter or the drunk driver will get vehicular manslaughter, but you will still be dead.

quote:
Hmm, unfortunately, that texter that killed themselves while driving under the influence of a smartphone also took the driver next to him out. That guy was going to perfect the economically feasible fusion reactor next week. : ( So, while I'm basically in favor of natural selection, it's not just the stupid that are affected.

How about...
quote:
Hmm, fortunately, that texter that killed themselves while driving under the influence of a smartphone also took the driver next to him out. That guy was going to fly a plane into a building. : ) So, while I'm basically in favor of natural selection, it's not just the stupid that are affected.


RE: Report these people
By rcc on 10/24/2011 4:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
Since you set the tone..... Well thank you Captain Obvious.

I've been practicing defensive driving for over 4 decades. And yes, it works well, thank you.

But there are times when it doesn't matter how good, or safe you are. Someone with a real "stupid on" can take you out with no warning.

So, lets minimize their opportunies, eh.

As for the rest of your post. I'm a hopeless optomistic, and choose to believe that a majority of the people saved would be on the positive side of the equation. If not, why do we bother.


RE: Report these people
By hankw on 10/18/2011 12:36:49 PM , Rating: 2
The only problem with this is that everyone thinks they are the good driver and everyone else are the aholes.


RE: Report these people
By Mitch101 on 10/18/2011 1:19:22 PM , Rating: 2
True many people think its the other driver.

Ive attempted texting while driving and realized it made me dangerous so I don't do it luckily I never hurt anyone or myself. How many continue because they think they are doing it safely or adding to traffic because they didn't realize the light changed. I'm not even sure those who pull off to the side of the road don't cause an issue for someone else it causes rubbernecking to see the person on the side of the road which is a hazard.

No on is going to stop chatting on the roadways I would like to see a comparison of people with something like Onstar and Sync compared to people who still wont spend $10.00 a blutooth headset or use any form of hands free.


RE: Report these people
By Schrag4 on 10/20/2011 1:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
There is an element of truth to what you say. BUT, if you text while you drive then I know I'm a better driver than you. People that text and drive may not be the only aholes on the road but there's no disputing they are aholes. Sorry if I offended anyone. And I take it back once you put down your phone.


RE: Report these people
By Schrag4 on 10/20/2011 1:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, gonna get on my soapbox just a little longer. A drunk's judgement is impaired. They really think they can drive just fine. But texters? What's their excuse? What's so important that it can't wait a few minutes? Or if it really is important (in that percent of a percent of a percent scenario), why can't they pull over?


Who still has a Blackberry?
By ChoadNamath on 10/18/2011 12:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
With all the better options available, who still uses a Blackberry? Their phones are well behind the curve and they have craptacular infrastructure that regularly takes their service down. Even people who are issued them for business usually have an Android or iOS phone that they use 90% of the time.




RE: Who still has a Blackberry?
By retrospooty on 10/18/2011 1:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
"With all the better options available, who still uses a Blackberry? Their phones are well behind the curve and they have craptacular infrastructure that regularly takes their service down"

1. Clueless people that don't know any better
2. People that are stuck with one because their IT dept hasnt caught up with the industry yet
3. Fanboy's... Although at this point in time being a RIM fanboy is about like being a Yugo fanboy.


LOL
By jjlj on 10/18/2011 11:10:43 AM , Rating: 2
LOL




UAC?
By shin0bi272 on 10/18/2011 6:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
union aerospace corp is real?

*cocks shotgun*

Bring on the demons of hell!




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