Motorists in Kirkcaldy are among the most likely in the UK to have convictions for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a new report.
Figures released by comparison site MoneySuperMarket.com show that the Lang Toun postcode area was included in the top 10 list of the country’s most guilty drivers.
Kirkcaldy was named as the seventh most likely place for residents to have committed a drink or drug-driving offence with rates of 1.7 convictions per 1000 drivers.
Kevin Pratt, MoneySuperMarket.com car insurance expert, thinks this figure could rise when new lower drink-drive limits are introduced on December 5.
He said: “With five Scottish postcodes featuring in our top 20, it will be interesting to see what effect the new, lower drink-drive limit will have.
“Many drivers are already being caught and convicted for drink and drug-driving and many more could get caught out by the change in the law.
“All right-minded people understand that drink or drug-driving is wrong - and wrong on so many levels. First and foremost an intoxicated driver puts the lives of others at risk, whether they are drivers, pedestrians or passengers in his or her own car.”
Meanwhile, Police Scotland have warned drivers there is ‘no safe limit’ ahead of the proposed changes to the law.
Senior officers warn an extra 35 drivers a week across Scotland could lose their licence over the festive period, following the proposed introduction of new drink drive limits next month.
Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, head of roads policing, said: “Drink driving causes significant impact on families and our local communities not just at Christmas but throughout the year and the proposed changes send a clear message that there is no safe alcohol limit for drivers.
“We know from our figures that we can anticipate an extra 35 drivers a week losing their licence over the festive period following the changes to the limit.”
He added: “Our advice to all drivers is don’t risk it. Even at the new levels you will still be three times more likely to die in a collision than without any alcohol at all.”