Relishing the last few warm evenings that the summer and early fall has to offer is something that every New York resident deserves to do before the cool weather rolls in. But if you plan to take the wheel after staying out late or cooling off with one too many alcoholic beverages, then it’s best to think twice.

Getting behind the wheel after alcohol consumption or while feeling sleepy are both recipes for disaster. In fact, not sleeping within a 24-hour span can cause someone to drive as if they have consumed the legal limit of alcohol. Just like drunk driving, drowsy driving can decrease your level of attention, impact your ability to make good decisions and delay the amount of time it would take you to react.

In either situation, it’s best to have someone else drive you home instead of driving while impaired. You can do this by calling a loved one, using a rideshare app or taking public transportation. It’s best to set up a sober ride ahead of time. But, if you start driving home and begin to feel overcome with fatigue or like you are second-guessing how sober you are at any point, it’s not too late to take control of the situation.

Drunk driving takes over 10,000 lives a year alone. And it’s estimated that another 6,000 people will die in fatal crashes caused by drowsy drivers each year. So, if you catch yourself bouncing between lanes or unable to keep your eyes open, then you should try to pull over somewhere safe. Taking a moment to see if a brief nap will help you recharge or if you need to call for help could help reduce the nearly 16,000 deaths that happen each year

If you or someone close to you is suffering from the aftermath of a car accident involving an impaired driver, then a personal injury attorney can help you seek justice.