Transportation
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
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania1211131111111111109999988888
Berks County141212121211121112111011111091010109
Berks County Regions
Central1281010989799899988887
Northeast1618161415151817161610121414111112910
South121110101110910111010891091010910
Southeast17151513161215141410121312101211121110
West1414121414141613161112151410111271210
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
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania14,65813,86315,61813,77313,70913,35713,74013,24512,90011,81011,67711,83712,01111,07610,60210,59610,29410,3419,811
Berks County508458448447470444497461501439412443462415393417396398365
Berks County Regions
Central1348310910898971098710710596103110103901019410281
Northeast9711094859593117108106105658092896971786061
South1141109910411310897112117106107901031059610910795108
Southeast82727365816378747256667367566658686255
West81837385838396809967789790627278447960
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.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
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 Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
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 Decreasing
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