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Delaware Strategic Highway Safety Plan


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Our Mission

The Delaware Strategic Highway Safety Plan: Toward Zero Deaths aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on Delaware's roadways through a multi-agency approach that utilizes education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical services strategies.

Our Vision

The goal of the Delaware Strategic Highway Safety Plan: Toward Zero Deaths is to achieve a reduction of at least 3 fatalities and 15 serious injuries annually and continue to reduce the total number of fatalities and serious injuries to achieve at least a 50 percent reduction by 2035.

Overview

The Delaware Strategic Highway Safety Plan is a state-wide coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework to reduce fatalities on Delaware's roadways by identifying specific goals and objectives and integrating the four E's - engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS). The plan was developed in collaboration with representatives from DelDOT, Delaware Office of Highway Safety, Delaware State Police, Delaware Department of Justice, Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services, Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The plan is updated on a three year basis to review the success of the plan and to review crash data to ensure resources are being used appropriately to reduce the number of fatalities in Delaware.

Intersection Image Improving the Design and Operation of Highway Intersections

Both signalized and unsignalized intersections involve multiple turning and crossing maneuvers that create numerous conflict points... Find out more

EMPHASIS AREA GOAL: Reduce the combined number of intersection-related fatalities and serious injuries by 35 every 5 years (7 per year) to achieve the overall goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2035.

Impaired Image Reducing Impaired Driving

In Delaware, a driver is considered legally impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher... Find out more

EMPHASIS AREA GOAL: Reduce the combined number of impaired driving fatalities and serious injuries by 20 every 5 years (4 per year) to achieve the overall goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2035.

Motorcycle Image Increasing Motorcycle Safety and Awareness

Motorcycle fatalities have been steadily increasing both in Delaware and nationwide in recent years... Find out More

EMPHASIS AREA GOAL: Reduce the combined number of motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries by 10 every 5 years (2 per year) to achieve the overall goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2035.

Seatbelt Image Increasing the Seat Belt Usage

Seat belts provide the best defense against poor drivers on the roadway by keeping motorists safe and secure inside their vehicle during a crash... Find out more

EMPHASIS AREA GOAL: Reduce the combined number of unrestrained motorist fatalities and serious injuries by 10 every 5 years (2 per year) to achieve the overall goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2035.

Rumble Image Reducing the Frequency and Severity of Roadway Departure Crashes

A roadway departure crash is a non-intersection crash which occurs after a vehicle crosses an edge line, a center line or otherwise leaves the traveled way... Find out more

EMPHASIS AREA GOAL: Reduce the combined number of fatalities and serious injuries in roadway departure crashes by 20 every 5 years (4 per year) to achieve the overall goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2035.

Agressive Driving Image Speeding

Fatalities and serious injuries involving speeding include crashes reported as involving at least one motorist exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. Aggressive driving is a contributing factor in a significant percentage of fatal crashes in Delaware; therefore, addressing aggressive driving behaviors is critical. Find out more

EMPHASIS AREA GOAL: Reduce the combined number of speeding fatalities and serious injuries by 10 every 5 years (2 per year) to achieve the overall goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2035.

Crosswalk Image Making Walking and Street Crossing Safer

Improving pedestrian safety has the potential to increase pedestrian activity and reduce congestion on Delaware's roadways... Find out more

EMPHASIS AREA GOAL: reduce the combined number of pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries by 10 every 5 years (2 per year) to achieve the overall goal of 50 percent reduction by 2035.


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