Since 2010, over 1,100 people have died and 5,600 people have been seriously injured because of a motor vehicle crash on Delaware's roadways. The years 2015 and 2019 experienced the highest number of fatalities during the most recent 10-year period with 133 reported each year.
The goal of the Delaware 2021-2025 SHSP is to reduce the total number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 15% over the next five years, and to achieve at least a 50% reduction by 2035.
"Safety is our number one priority. We are committed to reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Delaware roadways. Working collectively with our partners, we can implement strategies and safety countermeasures to work towards our goal of zero deaths," Delaware Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski said in a statement.
The emphasis areas for the 2021-2025 SHSP include intersections; distracted driving; impaired driving; roadway departure; pedestrians; motorcycles; unrestrained motorists; speeding; and traffic records.
The Delaware 2021-2025 SHSP serves as the fourth update since the original plan was adopted in 2006. The plan is updated on a five-year basis to evaluate its success and to review crash data to ensure resources are being used appropriately.
SOURCE: Delaware DOT