Our drink drive shame

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kirkcaldy and its surrounding towns and villages has been named as being among the top 20 worst areas in the UK for drink driving.

The Lang Toun postcode area topped the poll in 19th place, with only Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen above it in Scotland.

The survey was carried out by comparison website Moneysupermarket.com which looked at over 14 million insurance quotes issued over the past year to check for drink driving convictions.

And the shocking statistic has been greeted with horror from local politicians and police who say they are doing everything they can to try to reverse the situation.

The four Scottish areas in the league of shame cover large areas of rural land as well as the towns, and the investigation discovered that drink driving levels were worse in these rural locations which had poor transport links.

It also discovered that men are far more likely to drink and drive than women, with conviction rates of 6.8 per 1000 compared to 2.7 in women. Manual workers were also worse offenders than white collar staff, and drivers aged 20-29 had the highest conviction rates.

The survey also uncovered the fact that many of the jobs involved early starts, with a number of workers getting up and behind the wheel while they still had a high level of alcohol in their system.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, head of road policing in Fife said: “Fife Constabulary is committed to creating safer communities through road safety and as part of this commitment, drivers impaired through drink and drugs are regularly targeted.

“The Force is currently committed to the Festive Safety Campaign running between December 3, 2012 and January 3, 2013, with dedicated patrols in both urban and rural areas focusing on this unacceptable behaviour.”

David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, said: “I’m extremely disappointed that Kirkcaldy has come so high, especially as everyone knows the sometimes fatal consequences of driving while drunk.

“People need to be more responsible. If that means not drinking on a night out or finding an alternative way to get home then that is what needs to be done to help avoid a potentially fatal accident.There are no excuses for people driving when over the limit.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, added: “The correlation between drink driving and road accidents is one that shouldn’t be ignored.

“My personal view is that we shouldn’t have drink drive limits – if people take their cars on a night out they should not drink any alcohol, rather than guess when they have reached the limit.”