A “VITAL” 20mph zone is under review after a 10-year-old boy was hit by a car last week as he walked to school.
The Ysgol Llywelyn pupil was trapped under the vehicle on Grange Road, near Rhyl High School, just after 8am –- minutes before the reduced speed limit came into operation.
Cllr Brian Blakeley, who fought to get the speed restrictions in place, feels it is important the operational times, which run from 8.15am-9am, 1.05pm-2.05pm and 2.45pm-3.30pm, are extended.
“I have spoke to the council and they said they will change the operational times half an hour earlier in the morning and leave them on until 4.15pm at the end of the day,” he said.
“It is important that the lights are switched on earlier, especially in the morning.
“A lot of kids walk to school earlier than 8.15am and we need to take this in to account.”
A spokeswoman for Denbighshire Council, said: “The operational times of the signs are agreed with the school at the beginning of a school year.
“We review all sites yearly, but we will contact the school and see what preference they have for the signs’ activation.”
Headteacher at Rhyl High, Claire Armitstead, said the school was happy to work with the council.
She added: “I think anything that improves road safety near schools is a good thing.”
Cllr Blakeley said he wanted to see 20mph zones introduced outside all schools and certain side streets where children play.
“It is hard to get things done – hopefully people will listen before someone is killed,” he added.
The 10-year-old boy was rushed to Glan Clwyd with leg and head injuries and has since been released from hospital.
*A four-year-old boy was hit by a car on Marsh Road in Rhyl last Wednesday and was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for treatment.