AN ABERDEESHIRE couple have called for speed restrictions on a narrow country road near their home, claiming "it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident".
Corrina and David Cox, who live near Banchory, claim motorists travel so fast down the single-track road which runs past their home, that on one occasion their pet cat was "sucked" off the wall and under the wheel of a vehicle.
The couple, who have a nine-year-old daughter, Karacher (CORRECT], and a baby on the way, claim motorists can drive past their house at up to 80mph and that the 60mph route is not suitable for the increased speed and volume of cars, buses and lorries.
They acknowledged that Aberdeenshire Council had painted "slow" on the road and introduced passing areas.
But they claimed more needs to be done to improve the mile stretch of road, just off the Torphins to Glassel road.
Mr Cox, 56, who claims the road is used by up to 200 vehicles a day, compared to the five when he first moved to the property in 1984, said: "We are just waiting for the day that there is a major accident.
We are concerned that there is going to be a fatality.
"I would like to see proper pull-ins because there is just no where for people to go and some sort of speed restrictions"
Mr Cox, who said he had his previous call for speed bumps to be introduced rejected, would also like to see the road widened and a study carried out to monitor the speed and volume of traffic on the road.
In light of a recent accident, in which the couple claim one man had to be taken to hospital with his injuries, they have also called on motorists to take responsibility for their speed.
Mrs Cox, a fire-fighter at the retained Banchory station, said: "We have been concerned about this road for some time. There is a much greater volume of traffic due to the opening of the Inchmarlo Golf Centre.
"This road is used by many as a shortcut to avoid the village. Our concerns are the speed of the traffic that use this bit of road. It is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident on this road."
She said their daughter had lost much loved pets over the years due to the speed of traffic, including one cat Buster, who the couple claimed was "sucked" off the wall and under the wheel of a vehicle.
Mrs Cox, said: "Drivers really need to slow down and have a little respect for other road users. The route is used by many school buses, walkers, cyclists and learner driver schools."
She claimed the passing areas were not being used by motorists as "many of them run into ditches, holes or the very muddy verge".
Mrs Cox added: "I had a run-in with a man last week and I asked him why he never pulled in. His reply was: 'would you stick your car in there?'. The answer was simple - no.
"These so-called pull-ins are a disgrace and a waste of tax payers' money. They need to be sorted out properly so they can be used."
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: "Improvements have been made to the road over the last few years, including providing passing places. There are currently no plans to undertake any further works."
A map supplied by Grampian Police roads policing department, detailing the number of road accidents in the Inchmarlo and Brathens aeras from 2002, shows that there has been no reported acidents along that section of road in the last five years.