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.