Many Illinois drivers have stories of close calls as a distracted driver has made a last-minute correction. Others have unfortunate stories of injuries or even the loss of a family member because of an individual's use of a smartphone while driving. Efforts have spanned the nation as states and employers have attempted to reduce this serious wave of deadly accidents related to drivers' attention to electronic devices. Although hands-free solutions such as Bluetooth headsets have helped in facilitating communication needs while keeping a driver's eyes on the road, many motorists are unaware of the fact that their brains continue to be distracted regardless.
Vehicle manufacturers appear to be contributing to safer driving by including hands-free systems such as infotainment dashboards and voice-activated phone calling into their models. However, the presence of such systems does not necessarily mean that they are completely safe. Brain engagement during multi-tasking activity can interfere with a driver's concentration. While many such systems can enhance safety in some respects, they do not eliminate all dangers of distractions while driving.