Moves to cut the speed limit along a section of north-east road have been backed by councillors.
The current limit on the B9007 South Deeside Road at its junction with Milltimber Brae is 60mph, but it could now be cut to 40mph after councillors backed the plans.
A report discussed by the Kincardine and Mearns area committee asked councillors to back the introduction of the restriction.
The document said a public consultation would have to be held before any changes were made.
It also said there had been one fatality and that two people had suffered serious injuries and three slight injuries in crashes on the road between 2013 and 2017.
This was the main reason officials wanted the reduced limit brought in.
Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee backed the move yesterday.
North Kincardine councillor Alison Evison said the decision to cut the speed limit on the route was a “step forward” although admitted its introduction is likely to be delayed.
She said: “This is an important step forward, given the accident history in this area.
“The current Covid-19 crisis that we are in, however, will of course mean that the period of public consultation will take longer to get underway.”
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North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison said the decision taken by the committee was a “life-saving” move.
He said he hopes it becomes a reality as soon as the coronavirus crisis comes to an end.
Councillor Mollison said: “There have been a number of accidents and near-misses on that stretch of the South Deeside Road.
“But before any changes can be made there has to be a period of consultation with interested parties and the public.
“There could be valid objections which can’t be resolved. The proposals would have to come back before councillors.
“I hope this can move forward as quickly as the current emergency allows so these life-saving steps can be taken.”
The report considered by councillors said safety bosses were keen to introduce the new limit. It said: “The road safety unit have favoured the 40mph limit due to the accident history at this location and have also suggested installing additional traffic calming on the westbound approach in the form of 200 and 100-yard countdown markers and 40mph repeaters throughout the 40mph speed limit.
“It is proposed to undertake a four-week statutory consultation with interested parties.
“This will be followed by a 21-day public consultation with site notices erected at the location seeking comment from anyone who wishes to make representation.”