- Jan 21, 2014
England opening first pub at highway rest stop this week [w/poll]
The United Kingdom, regularly skewered by the lads at Top Gear for an obsession with health and safety, is doing something that strikes us as very unsafe - allowing a pub to open in a motorway rest stop.
64 percent of the British public opposes the pub opening, according to a report from the RAC.
Located on the M40, which runs between London and Birmingham, The Hope and Champion pub is set to open its doors today, with hours from 4:00AM to 1:00AM, seven days a week. Alcohol sales will be permitted starting at 9:00AM each day. The opening is facing strong opposition from road safety groups, which rightfully point out that giving drivers easy access to alcohol is quite a poor idea.
"The opening of a pub on a motorway is a serious concern, presenting a potentially deadly temptation to drivers," Ed Morrow, a campaigns officer for Brake, a road safety charity, told The Daily Telegraph. "Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our road, causing devastation to families and communities every day."
It isn't just road safety organizers that are upset about The Hope and Champion. According to a survey by the RAC (like AAA), just 12 percent of people surveyed supported the pub's opening while 64 percent of people opposed it.
"We appreciate the vast majority of motorists drive responsibly and that alcohol is already available in shops at motorway services, but for many this decision seems to be at odds with common sense. In our view this is a risky and frankly unnecessary move," said the RAC's head of external affairs, Pete Williams.
Drunk driving in the United Kingdom is classified as having a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or above, just like in the United States.
We've put together an unofficial poll on this issue below. Do you think opening a pub in a motorway service station is a good idea? Register your vote below, and then hop into the Comments and let us know what you think.