Delaware Opens Crash Data Portal for Public Access through Open Data Portal

May 8, 2023 0 Comment

Accessing crash data in Delaware has become more user-friendly with the State’s Open Data Portal.

The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, in partnership with various state agencies, has created a crash data portal to provide drivers with the information they need to make safer decisions on the road. The dashboard is updated monthly and contains crash data since 2009, providing interactive analysis and data exploration.

Users can filter the data and visualize it in charts, graphs, and maps. The Office of Highway Safety is pleased with the collaboration with traffic safety partners, making crash data accessible to the public through the portal. The portal is an important tool for the Office of Highway Safety’s mission to address traffic safety priorities and will enhance partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and sub-grantee participants who share their mission in traffic safety.

Additional crash information and data can be found in annual reports and statistical reports available on the Office of Highway Safety and Delaware State Police websites.

“The crash data portal helps us give drivers the information they want and it is our hope that with this information, our citizens will be equipped to make safer decisions behind the wheel. We know an informed driver is a safer driver,” said Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Nathaniel McQueen, Jr.

While the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) is responsible for statewide crash data collection and dissemination, this project resulted from collaboration and partnership with several state agencies including the Office of Highway Safety, Delaware State Police, DelDOT, Dept. of Technology and Information, DelJIS and the Delaware Police Chiefs Council.

“Delaware continues to have far too many crashes in our state and sadly we had the most road fatalities in more than 30 years last year,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski. “This new information portal helps us all continue to work toward making our roads safer.”

Making crash data available through the portal allows the public to engage in interactive analysis and data exploration. Those evaluating or planning the safety enhancement of potential crash sites or hazardous roadway conditions will find the dashboard useful as it is updated monthly and contains crashes that occurred since 2009 through six months ago.

Work on this project began more than three years ago when Sen. Stephanie Hansen sponsored a bill to expand the Department’s ability to publicly share crash data.

A crash report is a summary of information collected about a collision and is filled out by a Delaware law enforcement officer who is investigating the crash.


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