The Government has changed its mind about cutting the UK drink-drive limit, The Times has reported.
It means that Britain will become the only EU country that allows motorists to have more than one alcoholic drink and still drive legally.
Ministers wanted to slash the drink-drive limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohols per 100ml of blood. It would have meant that after drinking just one pint of lager, many drivers would be at risk of prosecution.
Road safety groups, who claim the current 80mg limit encourages people to take risks by having more than one drink before driving, had supported the reduction.
They cite evidence by University College London that suggests lowering the limit could save 65 lives per year. And Stephen Ladyman, who was then road safety minister, backed the proposals last year.
However his predecessor Jim Fitzpatrick has revealed the plans would be dropped from a consultation paper to be published next month.
'In comparison with other countries which have 50mg rather than 80mg, our safety levels compare very favourably,' Mr Fitzpatrick explained to The Times. 'Drivers who are between 50 and 80mg are not the one we're most worried about. It's the ones above 100.'