Don't text and drive. How many times have you heard that by now? Probably, like, 4,657,239 times. And yet, people continue to text and drive. Maybe this next story will get you to stop doing it.

A 25-year-old Maryland woman was driving on a road that ran next to a lake recently when she took her eyes off the road for a few seconds to send a text. No big deal, right? It's just one quick text. Pssshhhhhhh…yeah, right. By the time she got done sending the text, the woman looked up to find that her car had drifted off the road. Worse, it was headed straight for a tree, which, fortunately, she was able to avoid hitting head-on. But when she swerved to miss it, she clipped the tree and accidentally drove right into the lake that she was driving next to. She was able to roll one of her windows down and escape from the car. But as you can see in the photo above, the Hyundai that she was driving wasn't quite as fortunate as she was. It was submerged in water and later had to be removed by police.

It didn't end there, either. The police questioned the woman a short time later, and she admitted that she had been texting at the time of the accident. So they plan on pressing charges against her. That means she's out a car, will probably face a heavy fine, and has to deal with the fact that she's in all this trouble right now because of a text message. 

So the next time you find yourself reaching for your phone while you're driving, ask yourself, "Is the text message I'm about to send really worth it?" Then put your phone down and put your hands back on the wheel. Or don't and find out what it feels like to see your car swimming in a lake.

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[via Time]