Road safety campaigners have reacted with dismay after the Government axed plans to reduce the drink-driving limit.
A cut in the limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood was being considered - which would rule out the possibility of drivers having one drink.
Research has claimed cutting the limit to 50mg would prevent 65 deaths and 230 injuries a year.
Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), said many drink-drivers wanted to be law abiding but accidentally drank too much.
He said: "The 50mg limit says you cannot have one drink and get away with it.
"I'm very disappointed. The basis of cutting the limit to 50mg has never been challenged by research."
His criticism came after road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick said a consultation document on plans to reduce drink-driving deaths would not include the reduction.
Other European countries have cut their alcohol limits to either 50mg or 20mg, apart from Ireland, which plans to reduce its limit to 50mg next year.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said the document was still being finalised.
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