Twenty percent of all car accidents with injuries in 2009 were caused by distracted driving. That's according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Many states including Georgia now have laws in effect that ban texting or that limit phone use while driving.
Several states even have laws banning handheld phone use behind the wheel.
Brittiny Barber took a look at if using technology that keeps your hands free can make the roads safer.
Houston County business owner Doug Woody said he spends most of his work day driving.
"In a 12-hour day, I'm probably in my truck 5 to 6 of those hours, and I'm on my phone constantly," said Woody.
That's one reason he invested in a hands-free system. "You don't have to touch anything. The phone rings, I can answer it by voice. I need to make a call, I can make a call by voice."
Woody said it makes the drive safer by not having to hold the phone in his hand and take his eyes off the road.
"You're answering calls, hanging them up, getting text messages in and you don't even realize you're doing that," said Woody. "You're paying attention to driving the entire time."
There's no such thing as safe distracted driving said Lt. Wilton Collins with the Macon Police Department.
"As most people argue it's not the phone that is the cause of the problem, it's the conversation that distracts you," he said.
Collins admits hands-free does have advantages. "Even picking to phone up to look down at it to dial one number for home, if it's pre-programmed or to dial the entire number for home, your eyes are off the road," he said. "So if you're able to do it via voice that keeps your eyes on the road for half a second."
For Woody, that piece of mind is enough to justify his $600 investment in the technology.
"Once you get used to them, it's like a remote control for your television, you have to have it."
Collins says if you have the option of hands-free, take advantage of it, but still use common sense while behind the wheel.
Of course, the safest way to use a cell phone in your car is to not use it.
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