GREENSBORO, N.C. – A new bill would require the use of hands free devices in North Carolina. So we wanted to see if those hands-free devices really make drivers safer.
On a closed course set up by Greensboro Police, 2 Wants To Know's Ben Briscoe tried to drive while talking on the phone. He knocked over two cones.
"You had to consciously think about holding that device to your ear as opposed to having two hands on the wheel," Officer JB Price said.
With the hands free device - every single cone stayed standing, but remember there were two cone victims when Ben held the phone on my ear.
"When you went to the hands free device, what I did see Ben was the fact that you had very good control of the vehicle. You're hands were in the 1 and 2, 9 and 3 position," Price said.
Ben asked Price if he thinks hands free is safer:
"Well obviously require a little more testing, but what we've seen from this little bit of testing today, it helps," Price said.
Officer Price says the bill has another benefit. It strengthens the current texting while driving ban. Right now the law's hard to enforce because you could be illegally texting or legally looking through contacts to dial a number. The hands free requirement would mean anyone simply holding a phone would be breaking the law.