UAE Police: BlackBerry Outage Led to Decreased Traffic Accidents
October 18, 2011 11:14 AM
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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.
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10/18/2011 10:44:07 PM
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.
10/20/2011 1:33:06 PM
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.
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