64 percent of the British public opposes the pub opening, according to a report from the RAC.

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.

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.



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      Nathan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not sure how this is any worse than any other bar along roadways. I like stopping and having a drink with friends on road trips as long as i'm not the one driving at the time.
        domingorobusto
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Nathan
        This exactly. How is this any different than hitting an off ramp and grabbing a drink in a bar that's an 1/8th mile from the highway?
      BipDBo
      • 11 Months Ago
      This seems ridiculous, but how is it any different from opening a pub anywhere you can get to by road? You can use a dedicated driver after a rest stop pub, just like any other pub location. At least for a motorway reststop pub, it's easier to place a police checkpoint How about bans on pubs unless only connected to neighborhoods via sidewalks or public transportation? If we had a pub in every suburban neighborhood, apartment complex, etc, would that solve the problem? How about bans on pubs with parking lots?
        PTC DAWG
        • 11 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        If the police were really worried about safety and not revenue, they would breath check folks occasionally BEFORE they drive off from bars-pubsetc, no revenue/fines in that though...
        icemilkcoffee
        • 11 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        "How about bans on pubs unless only connected to neighborhoods via sidewalks or public transportation?" Sounds like a good idea actually.
      ksrcm
      • 11 Months Ago
      What happened with sentencing people for their infractions/crime and not having a trial based on intentions? Man, it does suck to live in the society (anywhere, not just UK) that cannot possibly think of you as being responsible enough to have 1 Coke Light, relax for 30 minutes and move on. Oh, so 1% of total people going in that pub are total idiots and will leave drunk? Why not punish them and let 99% live life worth living?
      Lachmund
      • 11 Months Ago
      autoblog is not britain it seems
      orchestral.whips
      • 11 Months Ago
      Q: Why a pub? Why not simply install beer vending machines next to the snack machines? A: Because a pub is all about making a relaxing atmosphere, and reducing the stress of a long drive! *That's their story, and they're sticking to it!
      SloopJohnB
      • 11 Months Ago
      So what. There are bars near us roads and interstates as well if not exactly on the interstate at a rest stop or plaza.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't drink and drive, but if I were to, it would be my choice, and Big Brother Government has NO RIGHT to tell me not to. If you're concerned about my driving while drunk, then do me a favor and GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY.
      Michaele
      • 11 Months Ago
      Big deal, what's a few dead Limeys?
      Shahul
      • 11 Months Ago
      I mean if there is a cop there to watch people who are drinking an driving... could be some good revenue like traffic cameras... I mean.. they are there for our public safety... wink
        mbukukanyau
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Shahul
        No, you do not wink, you will tip em off to the government scheme!
      Rob
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's like having a firearm counter at a movie theatre.
      • 11 Months Ago
      [blocked]
      Jedgar
      • 11 Months Ago
      just about every gas station in the U.S. sells alcohol. ...is charlie EVER going to row into those ears???
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