Safety barriers will be installed along a major north-east route after repeated calls from a councillor.
Transport Scotland is currently carrying out an investigation into where best to add the feature along the A92 at Newtonhill.
North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison has long campaigned for the measures to protect walkers, cyclists and homeowners.
The Liberal Democrat councillor contacted roads authority Transport Scotland after a number of incidents on the stretch of road between Cammachmore and Newtonhill.
Mr Mollison says vehicles have damaged lampposts and even sometimes crashed through fencing and landed beside homes in St Michael’s Road.
He said: “The installation of safety barriers will be welcomed by residents, especially nearby householders who are worried about vehicles landing in their gardens.
“However, I am still waiting to hear whether the barriers will be between the carriageway and the well-used pavement to and from Portlethen or if it will be on the verge.
“Pedestrians and cyclists need protection too.”
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Transport Scotland has told Mr Mollison it would be looking to install the measures after the safety review has been carried out and they could be in place by early next year.
The Government body stated in an email: “I appreciate your concerns and I can assure you that I intend to take forward the implementation of a safety barrier scheme as soon as possible at this location.
“This will of course be dependent on the current construction programme – however, it is anticipated this work could be completed this financial year.”
A Transport Scotland spokeswoman added: “We expect the review in the coming weeks and this will allow us to make a decision on the type of barrier to best address the issues.”