Did the Hoff come to mind? Well, that’s not who/what we’re talking about.
In all seriousness, we’re talking about life-saving equipment. While Seattle is consistently recognized as a safe city, there’s always more to do to work toward our Vision Zero goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.
One of the things we’re doing is installing side guards to our fleet of SDOT crew trucks with 17 already completed. The life-saving equipment will help to prevent pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists from going under a truck and causing serious injuries or fatalities by rear truck tires. Side guards are common throughout the world especially in the United Kingdom where they’ve seen a drop in fatalities from side-impact collisions with trucks.