It has probably happened to you. You are driving behind another vehicle that seems to be operating rather erratically. The car keeps speeding up, slowing down, or drifting to either side of the travel lane. When you finally are able to get safely get around the car, you cannot help but to glance at the driver to see what caused the trouble, expecting to see him or her engaged in sending or reading a text message. Instead, you watch the driver seeming to talk to him- or herself, gesturing and reacting, despite being alone in the car. Then it dawns on you: the driver is in the midst of a phone conversation using a hands-free device.
Drivers are constantly reminded about the dangers of cell phone use while driving and are strongly admonished to avoid texting while driving, which is also illegal in most states, including Illinois. However, thanks to the rise in onboard vehicle technology and Bluetooth devices, many drivers do not realize that hands-free phone conversations are often just as dangerous as holding the phone to their ear.