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 2017, there were 398 alcohol-related crashes in Berks County, or 10 crashes per 10,000 residents. This was a 30% 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 2017 in the southeast and west regions of the county, at 11 and 12 per 10,000, and lowest in the central region, at 8 per 10,000.

Berks County's alcohol-related crash rate in 2017 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 2017, at 9 per 10,000. The rate was lower in Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery and Schuylkill, at 8 per 10,000. The rate in all the comparison counties had declined since 2000, ranging from a 27% drop in Lancaster to a 48% 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 County14121212121112111211101111109101010
Berks County Regions
Reading city12710988878978987888
Berks County Peers
Chester County111213111010999988888778
Lancaster County1010121111111111119109998878
Lebanon County101011131111121210101110978778
Lehigh County131216131413131111111211121010999
Montgomery County111012111111111010888887777
Schuylkill County15121613151314121191191188778

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

Number of Alcohol-related Crashes
Berks County508458448447470444497461501439412443462415393417396398
Berks County Regions
Reading city1005885756768686370806570817263736973
Berks County Peers
Chester County484519599513465460424435451447399387396424396386364404
Lancaster County483488558517538526565576574474503485483454402422400408
Lebanon County1171151351571411431491541271311471351259210497101113
Lehigh County392367492412444421438377373388429404429351356339331341
Montgomery County788786907837845825859772761613636664678652577593570574
Schuylkill County23018324419921719220717216813615813416011810910294113

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

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing