When BlackBerry servers crashed between Tuesday and Thursday last week, owners of the popular business phones were left without a tool they've come to rely on. At the same time, the server crash could have made roads in the Middle East that much safer.

The National reports that traffic accidents in Dubai dropped 20 percent compared to historical averages during the blackout. In Abu Dhabi, accidents dropped by 40 percent, and there were zero fatalities. If you're thinking that this isn't a significant enough sample to show that smart phones and distracted driving are inexorably linked, consider this: There is an accident in Dubai every three minutes.

Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim pointed out to The National that the accidents resulting from distracted driving "range between minor and moderate ones, but at times they are deadly." Officer Al Harethi took it a step farther, adding "the roads became much safer when BlackBerry stopped working."

While the loss of BlackBerry service was no doubt a major inconvenience, these real-life statistics once again show that smart phones and driving just don't mix.


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      leon_c
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wished something like this would have happened here in the U.S. Then it would have been all over the news and raised awareness. But knowing my neighbors, most people would have shrugged their shoulders and told other's about it while texting and doing 70 down the highway.
      Randy Perkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      already had some dumbass run into while talking on their phone......
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      People who text while driving, are all stupid, period.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gee can you imagine what the results would be in the US if all iPhones stopped working
      Hek!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was in Abu Dhabi & Dubai... Phone use while driving is pretty damn irrelevant there
      oOOOo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obviously more variables than phone & accident are at work here. The countries involved, major ethnicities and culture clearly play roles. A properly focused driver can deal with minor issues. A brain-dead, poorly trained driver with poor habits to begin with has no bandwidth left over to eat a sandwich, ogle a passer-by or converse. If you are going to ban phones, to be consistent you must also ban pedestrians, billboards, car radios and fast food. And the same losers will still find some other way to screw up. All the nanny laws in the world just can't fix stupid. They can and do clutter up an already awful mess of legislative garbage which we are all, legally if not practically, supposedly responsible to know and obey.
      lemonite
      • 3 Years Ago
      Headline: BlackBerry outage coincides with reduced number of traffic accidents What it should've been: "BlackBerry outage coincides with reduced number of traffic accidents in the Middle East" :rolleyes: at AutoBlog
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      weak sauce. correlation does not = causation. especially in a very limited time window. Maybe unrest caused blackberry outage and also kept people from driving.
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Despite all the evidence, it is still legal to talk on cell phone and drive in most of the states in the US. Pathetic, really pathetic!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Kiiks
      • 3 Years Ago
      SHOCKING
      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      I KNEW IT!!! I was just thinking about this the day service was restored here in the US. I was thinking how somebody should do a study on how much accidents were reduced during the outage.
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