Undoubtedly, distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, and with the ongoing availability of new technology, this is a topic that will likely continue for quite a while. Lately, there's been somewhat of an assumption that hands-free technology was the new "answer" for safer driving while using a cell phone. While it's true that there would likely be some limited benefit in that the driver can keep both hands on the steering wheel, the root of the problem remains the lack of focus or attention on the actual task and responsibility for alert and defensive driving. Quite simply put, the driver has his attention split between the conversation and driving, and hands-free technology just can't fix that.
A new study in the National Safety Council's Journal of Safety Research has concluded that there is little difference between the driving safety risks of hands-free versus hand-held cell phones. The study basically found that the use of any cell phone detracts from the brain's ability to focus on safe driving.
If your company hasn't developed a driver distraction safety policy yet, why not? There's plenty of studies to support the need for limiting the distractions associated with cell phones, text messaging, etc.
For the National Safety Council article pertaining to this study, please check this link --> http://www.nsc.org/news/handsfree_vs_handheld.aspx