The mission of the District of Columbia government’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.
The District of Columbia’s Highway Safety Office (HSO) was established in accordance with the Highway Safety Act of 1966 and activities are primarily funded through federal grants from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The HSO is responsible for the coordination and management of the District’s highway safety programs. This includes taking a leadership role in identifying the District’s traffic safety emphasis areas and collaboration with safety and private sector organizations.
Additionally, the HSO is responsible for the development and implementation of the District’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The SHSP is developed with a broad range of safety stakeholders. Team members work to identify problems, performance measures and goals to improve traffic safety. The SHSP goal is to reduce all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 20 percent by 2025.
The HSO works in tandem with NHTSA to implement programs to improve transportation safety in the District. The HSO is committed to making District roads safe, focusing on behavioral traffic safety issues such as impaired driving, seat belt use, aggressive driving, child passenger safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, motorcycle safety and teen driving issues.