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Mission

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is committed to improving the safety of Delaware’s motoring public by focusing on behavioral traffic safety issues such as impaired driving, seat belt use, distracted driving, speed, motorcycle safety, teen driving, child passenger safety and pedestrian and bicycle safety. Our office is responsible for the coordination and management of Delaware’s comprehensive highway safety program. We accomplish this through a statewide coordinated approach that taps into the strengths of many partners, including other government agencies, businesses and traffic safety organizations, to drive the successful promotion of safe driving behaviors. OHS administers state and federal highway safety funds to conduct traffic safety initiatives. We conduct rigorous analyses of traffic data to identify crash trends and priority areas. We share this analysis with our law enforcement partners, including local, county and state police to help inform their specific enforcement mobilizations while reinforcing their efforts with multi-faceted public outreach campaigns. Across the state, we’re working every day to monitor, assess and address the safety needs of Delaware’s drivers, riders and pedestrians. Together, we can make Delaware the first state in safe roadways.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Kimberly Chesser
Kimberly Chesser, Director

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety is honored to play a role in helping to keep citizens safe on Delaware roadways. Our office is one part of a statewide coordinated approach that taps into the strengths of many partners, including government, business and allied organizations to drive the successful promotion of safe driving practices. One of our key initiatives is conducting rigorous analyses of traffic data to identify crash trends and priority areas. We share this analysis with our law enforcement partners, including local, county and state police to help inform their specific enforcement mobilizations. And we reinforce their efforts with multi-faceted public outreach campaigns. From Sussex to Kent to New Castle County, we’re working every day to assess and address the safety needs of Delaware’s drivers, riders and pedestrians. Together, we can make Delaware the first state in safe roadways.

The OHS Team

Kimberly Chesser

Director

Richard Klepner

Planning Supervisor & Deputy Director

Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving Awareness, Traffic Records Management

Cynthia Cavett

Marketing Specialist II & Public Information Officer

Paid Media, Traditional Media, Digital and Social Media, Website, Outreach, Media, and Public Relations

Sarah Cattie

Management Analyst III

Occupant Protection Awareness, Distracted Driving Awareness, Teen Driver Safety, Child Passenger Safety

Jackie McDermott

Management Analyst III

Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety, Motorcycle Rider/Motorist Awareness Safety, Speed Awareness

John Horsman

Law Enforcement Liaison

Christine Gannon

Accountant

Victoria Bowler

Data Analyst

Amanda Horton

Corporate Partners Outreach Coordinator

Aubrey Klick

Fitting Station Coordinator

Shawn Rowe

Fitting Station Coordinator

Open Position

Administrative Specialist II

A Coordinated Statewide Approach

Our Office

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety was established on July 19, 1968. We are a division of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security and funded by federal grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By focusing our efforts on the state’s identified highway safety priority areas, developing statewide partnerships and increasing the public’s awareness of safe driving habits, the Office of Highway Safety is striving to make Delaware’s roadways the safest in the country.

Primary Functions

Problem Solving

Problem Identification

Identify the types of crashes that are occurring, the crash locations and the primary contributing circumstances for driver/pedestrian behavior leading to these crashes, and develop effective countermeasures based on the crash data.

Public Information & Education

Public Information & Education

Develop and coordinate media events and public awareness/outreach activities with an emphasis on the identified priority areas.

Evaluation

Evaluation

Assess the effectiveness of approved highway safety projects and monitor legislative initiatives that impact highway safety.

Administration

Administration

Manage federal and state highway safety funds, distribute federal funds to identified agencies and prepare the annual Highway Safety Plan and Annual Report.

Priority Areas

  • Impaired Driving
  • Seat Belt Safety
  • Speeding
  • Distracted Driving
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Teen Driver Safety
  • Traffic Records

Delaware Fatal Crash Summary

Keeping people safe on our roads – and decreasing fatal crashes – is at the core of what we do. We use fatality and injury data to make programmatic decisions around where the greatest risks lie, so that we can educate Delawareans on safer roadway behaviors.

Total Fatalities

In 2019:

29

In 2020:

32

In 2019:

9

In 2020:

2

Vehicle Occupants

In 2019:

17

In 2020:

20

Seat Belts Worn

In 2019:

15

In 2020:

5

Seat Belts Not Used

In 2019:

2

In 2020:

11

Seat Belt Use Unknown

In 2019:

0

In 2020:

2

Motorcyclists

In 2019:

1

In 2020:

3

Pedestrians

In 2019:

9

In 2020:

9

Bicyclists

In 2019:

1

In 2020:

0