Bronx residents want to restrict truck traffic throughout the borough

Area residents are looking to restrict truck traffic following the death of a child last week.

There is a push to restrict truck traffic throughout the Bronx and New York City after a 9-year-old boy was struck and killed by a truck on his way home from school. The accident took place at the corner of Baychester and Crawford avenues. The truck involved wasn't making any deliveries and was apparently using Baychester Avenue illegally.

The family of the boy and community members are supporting legislation to force truck drivers to carry color-coded maps that designate truck routes. The new plan would fine any driver found not carrying the maps. Until truck drivers have to carry the maps, the Department of Transportation has maps on its Web site.

According to a DOT spokesperson, a study of truck traffic in the city is being conducted and is schedule to end during the summer. The department is also considering placing more local truck route signs on Baychester Avenue.

Fines could range between $100 and $250 if a truck driver is caught not carrying the maps.

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