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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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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?


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