Lithuanian crackdown on distracted driving

Published Thu, 08/03/2018 - 15:09

Lithuanian police officers last week launched a series of robust control measures against distracted driving and using of mobile phones while driving. Dozens of driver licences have been seized. 

To help reduce the number of people killed and injured on Lithuanian’s roads, the police have launched a campaign reminding drivers not to use a mobile phone whilst behind the wheel. At the same time, forces have carried out targeted operations to catch traffic offenders.

During seven days of strengthened surveillance, more than 800 cases were detected when drivers ran mobile handsets while driving. Various of public and non-public control measures  and various equipment and techniques were used to clarify such kind of traffic offences as the distracted driving and  using of mobile phones while driving. 857 drivers were fined by the fine of 60-90 euro,  some drivers lost their driver license for 1 to 3 months.

Lithuanian traffic police service reminds drivers that using a mobile phone while driving means you’re four times more likely to have a crash. To tackle this, the police will run such enhanced controls before the end of this month and will repeat them every month.