By David Ponce
So your Blackberry went quiet for three days and now you’re getting some free apps? Sweet, dude! But that’s nothing compared to what some others got in Abu Dhabi and Dubai: a potential extra three days of life. It appears that the Emiratis are notorious texters-while-driving and their vehicular mortality rates happen to be five to ten times global averages. And in what may be the clearest proof of the correlation between the two, officials in Abu Dhabi reported a 40% drop in traffic accidents during the three days the Blackberry service was down while Dubai’s numbers came in at 20%.
There are no reports on the increase in post traumatic stress disorders caused by the outage.