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Car crash cases down during Blackberry outage

According to reports the technical issues experienced by BlackBerry users may have reduced the amount of road traffic accidents that occurred during that period.

In Abu Dhabi road traffic accidents fell by 40% during the three day outage and by 20% in Dubai.

It has also been reported that the largest fall in accidents was amongst young drivers and men.

Reductions in car accidents have not yet been reported elsewhere, however authorities are confident that the figures are directly linked with the phone issues.

The Director of the Abu Dhabi police traffic department commented: "People are slowly starting to realise the dangers of using their phone while driving. The roads became much safer when BlackBerry stopped working."

Dubai police's Lieutenant General said: "The accidents that occur from the use of these devices range between minor and moderate ones, but at times they are deadly.

"Absolutely nothing has happened in the past week in terms of killings on the road and we're really glad about that."

Police officials in Dubai have warned drivers that they will soon be able to use electronic evidence against those involved in road traffic accidents which are caused by the use of smart devices.



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