New signs at Cairnbrogie accident blackspot

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ABERDEENSHIRE Council are set to install new safety signs at a notorious accident blackspot, in a bid to reduce the number of cars which leave the road there.

The stretch of road near the Cairnbrogie crossroads, on the A920 between Pitmedden and Oldmeldrum, is the scene of regular accidents, with dozens of cars having left the road and ended up in the neighbouring fields over the years.

The signs, modelled after similar signs on the A920 between Inverurie and Oldmeldrum at Barra, have solar powered flashing lights indicating to speeding drivers that a bend is coming up and advising them to slow down. It is hoped that drivers who are inclined to speed along the straights leading up to the bend will slow down on seeing the signs.

A council spokesman told the Times that there was no particular problem with the road, but driver error.

He said: “These works have been Instructed by our Road Safety Engineering Unit following a spate of incidents on this corner over several years. There is nothing wrong with this section of road, it is mainly driver error in that they are approaching the bend far too fast.

“These signs will give the drivers a reminder of the bend if they are approaching at an inappropriate speed.”