Ministers are reportedly set to reject an official report calling for the drink drive limit to be halved. Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, is expected to rule that it would be too damaging to rural pubs despite evidence it would save hundreds of lives. A formal review of the drink-drive laws by academic and legal expert Sir Peter North reported in June with 51 recommendations, including one suggesting the alcohol limit be cut from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg. That would effectively create a “one pint or you're banned” rule, with the same mandatory 12-month driving ban as now and put Britain closer in line with many other European countries. Alcohol-related road deaths in Britain stand at 17% of all road fatalities. Sir Peter's report suggested up to 300 deaths could be avoided each year if the law was changed, Britain's 80mg limit is much higher than other European countries including Germany, France, Holland, Spain and Italy where 50mg is the maximum. However, accident statistics are not always better in those countries. In France the proportion of fatalities where alcohol is a factor is 27.3%. Sweden has a limit of only 20mg but the figure is still 16.1 %. In Hungary, where there is a zero limit, 8.7 % of road deaths are alcohol-related. Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “We have broadly favoured a reduction in the drink-drive limit to bring us into line with most of Europe. “Drink-driving campaigns have been successful but education alone has not been completely successful in eradicating what many see as anti-social behaviour. Research suggests 65 lives a year would be saved by a change, though it is unlikely such a policy would encourage hardened offenders — those already way above the current limit — to alter their habits."