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 2018, there were 365 alcohol-related crashes in Berks County, or 8.7 crashes per 10,000 residents. This was a 36% 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 2018 in the northeast, south, southeast and west regions of the county, all at 10 per 10,000, and lowest in the central region, at 6.7 per 10,000.

Berks County's alcohol-related crash rate in 2018 was higher than Pennsylvania as a whole, at 7.7 per 10,000. The county's rate also was higher than most neighboring counties. The rate was lower in Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery and Schuylkill, at 7 per 10,000. The rate in all the comparison counties had declined since 2000, ranging from a 28% drop in Lancaster to a 55% 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 County141212121211121112111011111091010109
Berks County Regions
Reading city127109888789789878887
Berks County Peers
Chester County1112131110109999888887787
Lancaster County10101211111111111191099988787
Lebanon County1010111311111212101011109787787
Lehigh County1312161314131311111112111210109997
Montgomery County1110121111111110108888877777
Schuylkill County151216131513141211911911877787

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

Number of Alcohol-related Crashes
Berks County508458448447470444497461501439412443462415393417396398365
Berks County Regions
Reading city100588575676868637080657081726373697361
Berks County Peers
Chester County484519599513465460424435451447399387396424396386364404358
Lancaster County483488558517538526565576574474503485483454402422400408399
Lebanon County117115135157141143149154127131147135125921049710111397
Lehigh County392367492412444421438377373388429404429351356339331341275
Montgomery County788786907837845825859772761613636664678652577593570574580
Schuylkill County2301832441992171922071721681361581341601181091029411398

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

Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
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Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
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Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
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Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
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Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
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Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
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People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
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People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing