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AN UP HOLLAND councillor is fighting for new 20mph speed limit zones outside schools in memory of her brother

She is on a personal mission to put the brake on motorists and make sure that they pass schools at safer speeds after her own brother was killed in a tragic accident as a boy.

Skelmersdale East Tory Cty Coun Carolyn Evans’ brother, Bobbie Emery, was just seven years old when he was struck by a van as he was leaving school in May 1966.

Tragically he died instantly as a result of his fatal multiple injuries.

Ever since then, she has campaigned tirelessly over road safety issues.

Cty Coun Evans, whose electoral division includes Up Holland, Wrightington, Appley Bridge and the Moorside area of Skelmersdale, is the widow of Wigan Rugby League legend Roy Evans, who died in 1987.

She was elected to Lancashire County Council in the county elections in 2009.

The incident happened in Blackpool, where Cty Coun Evans is originally from.

Cty Coun Eavns said: “I was 19 when Bobbie died and his death had a profound effect on me.

“I’d taken him to school in the morning, and that was the last I saw of him. It was such a long time ago now but there’s not a day goes by where I don’t think about him.

“The vehicle which struck Bobbie was going at 30mph so was not at fault in any way, but we know that if he had been struck at 20mph, he would have probably survived. That is why I am pressing hard for 20mph limits to be installed outside local schools, but particularly those which are on main, busy roads such as Up Holland High School and at Mossy Lea Primary School in Wrightington and St Teresa’s Primary School (Up Holland).

“Lancs County Council have been working with the Government to make this become a reality as soon as possible, and I’m pressing for our local schools to be included in the first tranche as it will be done over a period of time.

“The safety of our local children has got to be a top priority.

“I would hate any brother, sister or parent to lose someone close to them like I did all those years ago, and that is why I am so passionate about it.”

National road safety charity Brake say that their recent survey had shown that almost nine out of 10 drivers now think there should now be 20mph zones outside schools to keep pedestrian pupils safe.

Brake chief executive Mary Williams said: “Brake is urging local communities to shout out about dangerous roads near their schools, parks, homes and shops.

“The Government needs to listen to the message coming loud and clear from communities around the country.

“Children have the right to walk and cycle in their local area without being knocked down and we have a duty to make sure that they are be protected from speeding and dangerous drivers.”