BlackBerry Outage Linked to Massive Drop in Traffic Crashes
by Brad Aaron October 17, 2011
According to data released last week by NYPD, distracted drivers were the leading cause of city traffic crashes in August. Of 16,784 incidents, 1,877 were attributed to "driver inattention/distraction," while an additional 10 were linked specifically to phones or other electronic devices.
While NYPD reports make it impossible to decipher exactly how many city drivers are texting or talking before a crash - we'll go out on a limb and assume it was more than 10 - the recent BlackBerry service outage in Europe, Africa and the Middle East served to illustrate the extent of the problem in two cities. The National reports: