Study: Blackberry outage coincided with fewer car accidents in Middle East

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.