SDOT is committed to making our streets safer for everyone, and we’re taking a big step by retrofitting all SDOT trucks with sideguards.
Sideguards reduce the risk of serious injury or death by preventing pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycles from being caught underneath a large truck. According a study in the U.K., fatalities from side-impact collisions with trucks were reduced by 61% for cyclists, and 20% for pedestrians, after sideguards were added.
Sideguards can also help save on gas by reducing air drag an increasing fuel efficiency.
In addition to retrofitting all existing large trucks, SDOT is requiring all new large trucks be equipped with sideguards straight from the manufacturer.
To learn more about side guards, and how they help save lives and fuel, check out the U.S. Department of Transportation information page.
Seattle Joins National Trend with Truck Safety
In a commitent to making their streets safer for everyone Seattle joins the national trend and requires Truck Side Guards on all new city trucks and will retrofit older trucks.