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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 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
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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.

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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...
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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.


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