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Motorcyclist fleeing police rides no-handed while texting

Technically Incorrect: In Florida, a man on a motorbike decides to show his dexterity during a police chase. It doesn't turn out well.

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


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This is not a good idea. Martin County Sheriff's Office screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Hands-free communication can be useful, especially if you're in control of a vehicle in motion.

Hands-free control of a vehicle, while you're busily communicating, seems to make less of a contribution to society.

We all make our own choices, however, as footage released by the Martin County Sheriff's Office in Florida shows.

As NBC Miami reports, a camera on a sheriff's office helicopter on Thursday recorded a motorcyclist's driving during what was described by the police as "an intense chase" on Interstate 95. What's intense is the concentration required to maneuver a motorbike at high speed while using both of your hands to text on a phone.

What was he texting and to whom? Why was it so important when fleeing was the priority?

The sheriff's office declared on its Facebook account: "MCSO Chief Pilot, Deputy Doug Newsom, strategically forced a fleeing motorcyclist off the interstate in an attempt to end his erratic driving."

The sheriff's office wasn't immediately available for comment. However, it said on Facebook that the motorcyclist, who hasn't yet been named, has hurtled into multiple charges, including fleeing and eluding.

Gadgets' influence on dangerous driving have been manifold. Gadget use at the wheel has led to deaths. Others have used them to document the dangerous behavior of those who think they can sit in their cars and use their phones and laptops at the same time. Yes, while driving.

Ultimately, though, it's the human who decides to pick up the gadget. I wonder whom this particular motorcyclist was texting.

I suspect it wasn't his insurance company.