New red lights installed above emergency roadside call boxes
The department of transportation is installing new red lights above roadside call boxes so that Bronx residents can easily spot a phone to call police or fire fighters. News 12 The Bronx found that approximately a half dozen of the call boxes are broken.
Officials say it costs approximately $1.3 million to install the new red emergency call box lights. The new red lights last longer and use less energy than the old yellow ones. Officials say this project will soon be citywide. The department of transportation says all the lights should be installed in six months.
According to the department of transportation the fire department is in charge of the phones upkeep. A spokesperson at the department of transportation said that the call boxes below a red light should be working and the fire department has not informed them otherwise. The fire department told News 12 The Bronx that they are investigating this issue.