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.
The OHS Team
A Coordinated Statewide Approach
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.
Our Delaware Partners
- Delaware State, Local and County Law Enforcement and Capitol Police
- Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)
- Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE)
- Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA)
- Department of Health and Social Services
- Department of Justice
- Administrative Office of the Courts
- Delaware Criminal Justice Information System
- Department of Correction
- SAFE KIDS
- County EMS offices
- Dover Air Force Base
- Mid-Atlantic AAA
- Hospitals, businesses, educators and a host of other organizations
- Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Delaware Motorcycle Rider Education Advisory Committee
- Delaware Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC)
- Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
- Delaware Department of Education (DOE)
- Delaware Tourism Office
- J-1 Visa Foreign Exchange Visitor Group
- Delaware National Guard
- Dover/Kent County (MPO) Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO)
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
Develop and coordinate media events and public awareness/outreach activities with an emphasis on the identified priority areas.
Assess the effectiveness of approved highway safety projects and monitor legislative initiatives that impact highway safety.
Manage federal and state highway safety funds, distribute federal funds to identified agencies and prepare the annual Highway Safety Plan and Annual Report.
Seat Belt Safety
Child Passenger Safety
Teen Driver Safety
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.
Seat Belts Worn
Seat Belts Not Used
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