15:53 21 October 2008
Ale buffs have shocked motoring associations across Great Britain by announcing the invention of a satnav service that locates beer.
The software, which is currently scheduled for release to the public next year alongside the Good Beer Guide 2009 is the brainchild of CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale.
Compatible with TomTom, Garmin and Navman satnav systems, the device is intended as a download and will highlight over 4,500 drinking dens in the UK.
All drivers will have to do is turn on the machine and follow the directions to the nearest, or highest rated public house.
Drink and danger
Road safety charity Brake is one of many who have spoken out against the idea, believing that the device will encourage drunken driving.
Deputy Chief Executive of Brake, Cathy Keeler, has commented on their behalf, saying: "CAMRA is obviously keen to ensure that drivers can find pubs with good beer.
"But it is important to remember driving after drinking is extremely dangerous Brake urges all beer lovers to make sure they have a friend who sticks to soft drinks and can drive home safely."
Representatives of the Campaign For Real Ale claim that the satnav would not encourage drunken driving.
"It encourages the appreciation of classic British architecture, culture, tradition and the value of the pub as a community service.
"In a time where pubs are shutting their doors at a rate of 36 a week, the industry simply needs all the help it can get with the Guide offering the user the chance to visit some of the nation's most famous institutions."
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