Wow, here’s an interesting story about the effects of texting and driving: a dramatic fall in traffic accidents in Dubai in October has been directly linked to a three-day disruption in BlackBerry services.

Collisions fell 20% from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service. Email, Messenger and internet functions were unavailable to users in the Middle East, Africa and Europe after a crucial link in the BlackBerry network failed.

The National says there is usually a fatal accident every two days in Abu Dhabi, but during the outage there wasn’t a single fatality.

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