Using a hands-free kit in the car can be almost as distracting as talking on a mobile phone, according to research by Newcastle University.
It's been illegal to drive whilst talking on your phone for almost a decade, but a road safety charity has found thousands of drivers in the region have been caught. Now they're calling for an outright ban, as Katie Oakes reports.
A new campaign's being launched today by road safety charity Brake urging drivers to avoid multi-tasking at the wheel. They are focusing on mobile phone use, saying phones should be turned off, or put in the boot.