According to a report, the recent BlackBerry service outage may have had some unintended positive consequences: fewer traffic accidents!
In the United Arab Emirates, traffic accidents decreased significantly during the three day outage of RIM’s BlackBerry service.
Dubai saw a 20% drop in accidents. Abu Dhabi had 40% fewer accidents during the same time period.
Dubai police’s Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim went on record stating that “absolutely nothing has happened in the past week in terms of (fatalities) on the road and we’re really glad about that”.
Brigadier General Al Harethi was even more bold:
“The roads became much safer when BlackBerry stopped working.”
Do you think the roads in your city would be safer if cell phones didn’t work in moving vehicles? Let us know what you think in the comments!