The first pub at a motorway service station has opened to wild celebrations of the end of the annual Police crackdown on drink-drivers. As motorists rejoiced at the Hope and Champion on Junction 2 of the M40, hundreds of police officers returned to their desk jobs after six weeks of breathalysing thousands of motorists at police roadblocks on highways that rarely see any police presence at all for the rest of the year.
“The police make sure that we all know about the dangers of drinking and driving during December,” said sales manager Darren Hutchings, standing at the bar. “I’m so glad that the danger they talk of has passed now and allowed the police to go back to catching criminals for the rest of the year.”
The opening day was considered to be a great success for the pub and its many well-lubricated customers, with only one reported incident. A middle-aged man was seen staggering towards his car and fumbling with his keys before driving off erratically. However, when he was stopped and breathalysed by police in an unmarked car, the result was negative. Professional actor Reg Griffiths was then released, having also denied that he’d been employed by the pub as a decoy.