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Drop In Accidents Linked To BlackBerry Outage

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On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: David Walter

Drop In Accidents Linked To BlackBerry Outage

Surprisingly, Apple's new iPhone 4S wasn't the only phone making headlines last week. For three days (Tuesday through Thursday), millions of BlackBerry users in Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East, Latin America and parts of North America were left without services like messaging, email and internet due to a major server crash. While the outage may have inconvenienced BlackBerry owners (and really damaged RIM’s [Research In Motion – makers of BlackBerry phones] reputation), it may have made roads in the Middle East a safer place.

According to The National, traffic accidents fell 20 percent in Dubai and 40 percent (with no fatal accidents) in Abu Dhabi during the days of BlackBerry’s disruption.

Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the chief of Dubai Police, said they noticed "a significant drop in accidents by young drivers and men on those three days" and that young men are the largest user group of RIM’s messenger service.

Director of the Abu Dhabi Police traffic department, Brig. Gen. Hussein Al Harethi, said that BlackBerry services being down definitely contributed to the 40 percent drop in accidents. He added, "People are slowly starting to realize the dangers of using their phone while driving. The roads became much safer when BlackBerry stopped working."

Pretty sobering stuff, right? Think about it the next time you’re driving and find your cell phone in your hand - can't it wait until you get where you're going?

This all reminds me of something comedian Aziz Ansari said...


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