Calls have been made for new safety measures to be put in place after a schoolboy was knocked down on a busy north-east road.
The nine-year-old boy suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a car on Longside Road in Peterhead earlier this month.
Two ambulances were called to the scene about 5.40pm on November 9, and the boy was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Although he is recovering well, campaigners are now calling for action before “somebody is killed” on that stretch of the A950 Peterhead to Mintlaw road.
The route, which has a 40mph limit, takes motorists past a busy residential area and Asda – but despite scores of youngsters crossing the road to get to school, there is no pedestrian crossing.
Now the community – including the injured boy’s mother – are pushing for Aberdeenshire Council to get one installed near Bergen View.
Michelle Geddes, who lives in Bergen View, regularly hears the traffic racing along Longside Road.
The 47-year-old carer said: “It is a built-up area now. School kids have to cross the road to get to the primary school and the Peterhead Academy kids have to cross to get to the bus stops in the morning.
“The speed is just ridiculous. I have highlighted the speed of drivers to the police.
“Something needs to be done before somebody is killed.”
Peterhead North and Rattray councillor Dianne Beagrie last night said she was pushing the authority on the matter, and has been told initial inquiries support the need for a crossing.
“I was contacted by a ward member concerned about the lack of a crossing facility on Longside Road and the excess speeding of some drivers,” she said.
“I immediately requested a speed survey be undertaken by the officers.
“Unfortunately before the results were given to me a young boy was knocked down. I have been advised by the officers that this road does warrant a crossing.
“This area is growing all the time and more school children and pedestrians are crossing. This is an issue of safety for the whole community.”
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council confirmed they had carried out speed surveys on the section of Longside Road and are analysing the results.
He said: “Once we have the data compiled, we will be in a better position to advise members on what action may be required.”