I'm currently sitting in a coffee shop while I write this and am looking out at the drive-thru where I count the last 5 cars drivers on the phone--with the phone in their hand. Two out of the 5 were also smoking so as they pulled up to the car in front of them, they actually had no hands on their steering wheel. I am pretty sure 4 out of the 5 cars had the ability to be hands free as the cars were not more than two or three years old.There are many websites that provide statistics on driving while distracted but what good are they if the laws do not reflect any possible solution to the problem!
In Canada, a lot of the driving laws such as 'hands free use of your phone' are regulated by provincial laws. In the USA pretty much the same thing.. state by state. The problem I see however, is these laws are not enforced THAT much. Unless you are in a smaller town where the police seem to have nothing else to do. I know in Texas there are no hands free laws and this is a real problem. I counted 8 out of 10 cars that I pulled up next to at a stop light were either talking on their phone, were reading/texting on their phone or were smoking. One of your hands is constantly busy and if you drive a stick shift (manual transmission), your one hand is already always busy shifting the gears.
Wearing headphones while driving.. not allowed, or are they? It used to be you could only have one earpiece in your ear, such as the case of the Bluetooth earbud, but it seems this is not enforced so long as you don't have your phone in your hand. Again, what about those that smoke? It seems there is no problem having that pack of cigarettes in your hand which is the same size as a cell phone. The law about having both ears covered by headphones is crazy.. since there are no laws preventing a deaf person from driving a car. Or what about that car with the 2000 watt stereo system blaring away (with the windows closed so they don't get in to trouble with the city noise bylaws of course). An example here for me personally would be the fact that I have limited hearing from one ear so I would have my earbud in the other ear so that I could hear who I am speaking to. So if there were laws about having both ears covered, I would be safe--however the reason for that law would be to be sure the driver can hear oncoming sirens and other sounds around them while driving--wrong.. I wouldn't hear it!
Forget about the technology in your vehicle and the laws that prevent you from driving correctly... you first must use common sense and that simply isn't happening, in my opinion. Maybe I'm just getting old and starting to sound like my Father, who I always looked up to but thought was crazy with some of the things he would say when he simply didn't understand the younger generation. Ok I get it, I'm not a millennial and it would seem it is that generation that have taken the current technology for granted because they may have grown up with it, but they also are very careless about it.