Police in the United Arab Emirates believe that last weeks BlackBerry outage made driving more safe. From a story in The National, based in Abu Dhabi:
In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service. In Abu Dhabi, the number of accidents (last) week fell 40 per cent and there were no fatal accidents.
Brig. Gen. (Hussein Al) Al Harethi said: “Accidents were reduced by 40 per cent and the fact that BlackBerry services were down definitely contributed to that. … People are slowly starting to realize the dangers of using their phone while driving. The roads became much safer when BlackBerry stopped working.”
Texting and driving is illegal in the UAE and fines are levied. It would be pretty interesting to see if accidents were really reduced by 40%. Did not having anyone to BBM or e-mail help allow you to drive more safely during the outage?