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Woman caught texting with hands, steering car with foot

Technically Incorrect: In Pennsylvania, a couple films a woman who relies on her New Balance shoe to balance her car.

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

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Not well balanced?

WPVI-TV screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Outrage can often be pointless.

The best we can do is at least grab our phones, record what is happening and hope that someone else will care.

A Pennsylvania couple did just this. They were rather distraught at what they saw on the state's Schuylkill Expressway.

So they filmed it and sent the results in to local TV station WPVI-TV.

What appears to happen in the video is that a female driver is texting on her phone with both hands. She's keeping the car balanced by way of one of her New Balances.

Yes, she's steering with her foot.

Sarah Delong, who shot the video, told WPVI that she and her husband followed this driver for around 20 minutes.

"At one point, we beeped at her to get her attention and I yelled to her," Sarah Delong said. The reaction, she said, was just a smirk.

These aren't the first concerned citizens who have tried to film the outlandish distracted driving. In Scotland, a cyclist captured a man who was using a cell phone, headphones and a laptop as he drove.

Government figures show that, in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 injured in incidents involving distracted driving.

The AAA Foundation says that 1 in 4 drivers admit to some form of distracted driving and puts the death toll at 5,000 a year. The foundation also says that there's a 27 seconds lag time between a driver putting down a phone and being completely engaged in driving again.

The Philadelphia Police Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Sarah Delong says that she passed the woman's license plate number to the police.

Sadly, as our phones become an ever greater part of our selves, such incidents will only increase.

This is, perhaps, the one true benefit of self-driving cars. They allow the phone to stay in our hands, while taking the steering wheel completely away.