Alcohol-related Crashes

Alcohol-related Crashes

What does this measure?

The number of motor vehicle crashes in which authorities report that at least one driver or pedestrian involved used alcohol, expressed as a rate per 10,000 residents.

Why is this important?

These crashes devastate people's lives, and they cost millions of dollars in the provision of health care, legal services and lost worker productivity. Driving under the influence can have long-term legal consequences as well. Injuries and deaths caused by alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes are preventable through a reduction in drinking and driving, meaning that education and enforcement can save lives.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, there were 396 alcohol-related crashes in Berks County, or 10 crashes per 10,000 residents. This was a 26% reduction from the 2000 rate of 14 per 10,000. However, Berks County's rate has changed little since 2009. Crashes were most common in 2016 in the northeast and southeast regions of the county, at 12 per 10,000, and lowest in the west region, at 7 per 10,000.

Berks County's alcohol-related crash rate in 2016 was higher than Pennsylvania as a whole, at 8 per 10,000. The county's rate also was higher than most neighboring counties. Lehigh was similar to Berks in 2016, at 9 per 10,000. The rate was lower in Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery and Schuylkill, at 7 per 10,000. The rate in all the comparison counties had declined since 2000, ranging from a 23% drop in Lancaster to a 54% drop in Schuylkill.

Notes about the data

For additional detail as to how the Berks County regions are defined and which boroughs and townships are included in each, see the About Us page.

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National data are not available.

Alcohol-related Crashes
Berks County141212121211121112111011111091010
Berks County Regions
Reading city1271098887897898788
Berks County Peers
Chester County11121311101099998888877
Lancaster County101012111111111111910999887
Lebanon County10101113111112121010111097877
Lehigh County13121613141313111111121112101099
Montgomery County11101211111111101088888777
Schuylkill County1512161315131412119119118777

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Notes: Figures per 10,000 residents. Comparable U.S. data were not available.

Number of Alcohol-related Crashes
Berks County508458448447470444497461501439412443462415393417396
Berks County Regions
Reading city10058857567686863708065708172637369
Berks County Peers
Chester County484519599513465460424435451447399387396424396386364
Lancaster County483488558517538526565576574474503485483454402422400
Lebanon County1171151351571411431491541271311471351259210497101
Lehigh County392367492412444421438377373388429404429351356339331
Montgomery County788786907837845825859772761613636664678652577593570
Schuylkill County23018324419921719220717216813615813416011810910294

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Notes: Comparable U.S. data were not available.

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Children Living in Poverty Increasing
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Single-Parent Families Increasing
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Disengaged Youth Maintaining
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Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
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Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
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Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
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Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
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People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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Homeownership Rates Decreasing
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Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
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Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
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Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing