Yesterday (21st Jan 2014) Wetherspoons opened up the UK’s first “pub” in a motorway service station. The Hope and Champion situated at junction 2 on the M40 serves alcohol from 9:00 am all the way through to 1:00 am.
Now reading Twitter, Facebook and a host of other media opinions are divided as to whether or not this is a good idea.
Is giving a driver the option of consuming alcohol before he continues his 70mph+ journey onwards really a good idea, or should they be allowed to make their own choices.?
I must admit personally I can see both sides of the story and would never allow someone to be forced to make a choice as to what they can and can’t do. However should an accident happen directly due to the consumption of alcohol by a driver, any other people involved DID NOT CHOOSE to become involved. So I have to come down slightly in the realms of its a bad idea as some people succumb to temptation more than others.
Service stations on Motorways were initially put there to allow a driver to rest / freshen up before continuing there journey, and not as a place for recreation. Consuming alcohol will only enhance any tiredness and therefore negate the original reason for stopping.
On the flip side of the coin there is always the passenger, who is fully entitled to drink what he wants, when he wants, and should we really be penalising his options ?
So this story has opened in a blaze of glory, with as stated early with not too many people sitting on the fence and actually stating YES or NO as to it being a good idea.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this, so please post below any comments you may wish to share.