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Submission + - Police claim BlackBerry outage made roads safer (sophos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Road traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi and Dubai plummeted last week — and the local police have a theory as to why: Drivers' BlackBerrys weren't working.

Police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have claimed that last week's worldwide BlackBerry outage, which frustrated business people around the world who were unable to communicate with their colleagues, had one positive result — less texting and reading of emails by people who should have been concentrating on driving instead.

There could be other factors at play, however.

For instance, popular UAE soccer player Theyab Awana was killed in a high speed crash near Abu Dhabi in September, amid claims that he was sending a message on his BlackBerry when he hit a lorry.

The football star's father, Awana Ahmad Al Mosabi, made an emotional plea to people not to use smartphones while driving, and a Facebook campaign against the use of BlackBerry Messenger while driving has grown in popularity.

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Police claim BlackBerry outage made roads safer

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