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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Motorcyclist speeds through San Antonio traffic, then posts to Facebook

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It may look like a video game, but it was captured on a helmet cam by a motorcyclist in San Antonio -- a man driving recklessly through traffic while lane splitting.

According to the San Antonio Police Department it was posted to Facebook with the caption "catch me if you can" and shared thousands of times.

Jon Elliott teaches motorcycle safety courses here in the Austin area.

We showed him the unnerving footage.

Elliott says in his course he tells his students...don't lane split!

"Typically it's young guys...[they] feel a little immortal. They think it's fun. And they think that they won't make any mistakes. Well even if he doesn't make a mistake, somebody else could make a mistake that can affect him," he said, speaking about the video.

Elliott says it's legal in many countries outside the U.S....even encouraged. He says it's also legal in California.

But what about here in Texas?

Austin Police officer Jermaine Kilgore tells us it's actually kind of a grey area.

"But in Texas it's not illegal...and it's not necessarily legal. So it's just one of those things that comes down to an interpretation of the officer and comes down basically to safety. It's a safety issue," Kilgore said.

On the "Frequently Asked Questions" section of the Department of Public Safety Motorcycle website, one question is "Can I ride my motorcycle between cars in traffic?"

It says "The law doesn't specifically say one or the other" but goes on to cite several statutes depending on the circumstances that may apply.

Kilgore says it's a case-by-case basis. An officer could cite for reckless driving, failure to drive in a single marked lane...or driving on an improved shoulder.

"There is no black and white infraction for splitting. It comes down to safety. If it's done in a reckless manner and it's unsafe, then the officer has the duty to, you know, stop the violator if he feels like it's unsafe or reckless," Kilgore said.

Ian Buchanan is a long-time motorcyclist. He also works as a resident at a local hospital so he's seen his share of motorcycle accidents.

He says he doesn't split lanes.

"If I was personally doing it, I would be a little bit afraid. Not because of how quick I was going. But because I wouldn't trust the drivers around me to...one, stay in the lanes they're supposed to be in...but two, they're gonna get angry. They'll hear you coming and they'll see you coming and they may try to pull in front of you," Buchanan said.

The San Antonio Police Department is still looking for the guy who posted the video...looking for any tips viewers have.

They believe his name is Albert Rodriguez Jr. and he already has some outstanding warrants.

The Austin Police Department says what that motorcyclist was doing in the video is definitely illegal because he was going so fast.

They tell us reckless driving is a Class B Misdemeanor and could set you back anywhere from $50 to $500...along with a trip to jail.

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