Picture Past: October 20, 1967 - publicans 'deplore' alcohol driving laws
PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 October 2017
Publicans expressed their anger at a new law dictating how much alcohol drivers could have before getting behind the wheel in a story featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here are some of the headlines from the October 20 edition in 1967.
A fundamental change in the law introduced the maximum amount of alcohol drivers could consume before being over the limit, and made it possible for them to be breath-tested.
However, the Weston and District Licensed Victuallers Association passed a resolution ‘deploring’ the Road Safety Act of 1967.
Pub owners said takings were down 50 per cent as a result of the bill as much of their trade came from motorists driving past.
One hotelier feared traditional English pubs would become continental cafés selling coffee and light snacks, and the measures would put off tourists.
• The Milk Marketing Board hoped the new road law would be beneficial, and its members were demonstrating their milk machines in pubs.
Representatives believed many of them would install one in their bars.
• Did you think cyclists doping was restricted to the Grand Tours? Think again.
Two professional riders who had taken part in the Wills 200 guinea Grand Prix, which included the Weston Grand Prix, were suspended for two years.
One had refused to give a urine sample, and the other had taken artificial stimulants in the race.
• Many of the roads in Banwell, Loxton and East Brent were due to take a pounding from heavy traffic as construction on the North Somerset motorway was due to begin.
Around 20 miles of roads in the district were going strengthened to carry heavy lorries for the construction.
• Money was set aside by Weston Borough Council so a multi-storey car park could be built in Weston some time in 1968-69.
Councillors said there was an urgent need for one, particularly with the motorway on its way.
One councillor said: “If people cannot park in Weston, they are going to by-pass the town.”
• A new traffic system had been introduced in Weston’s town centre, which included reversing the flow of traffic in High Street.
The consensus was it had been a success, and everything had gone smoothly.
• Former Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home was going to speak at a public rally in the Winter Gardens as part of his South West tour.
• Work to stabilise the cliffs in Cheddar Gorge was going to cost £10,000 and take three to four months to complete.