Police in the sweltering state of Dubai recorded cheerily low numbers of traffic accidents last week -- and are saying it's all down to the BlackBerry service crash.

Claiming it saw a 20 per cent fall in accidents across the whole region and a 40 per cent fall in capital Abu Dhabi, the city's chief of traffic police said: "People are slowly starting to realise the dangers of using their phone while driving. The roads became much safer when BlackBerry stopped working".

But there might be a not-very-subtle subtext in action here -- the UAE states have been notoriously down on BlackBerry for some years now, so this could be a case of sticking the boot in to the network while it is, literally, down. [The National via Ubergizmo]