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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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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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