Lithuania: results from seatbelt operation

Published Sat, 07/04/2018 - 12:11

For a week in mid March, Lithuanian traffic police officers carried out seatbelt checks across the country, as part of the TISPOL pan European seatbelt operation.  

Officers detected 528 violations of the use of special seat belts and child seats. Last year, 525 such violations were recorded during similar preventive measures, 485 in 2015, and 655 in 2015. 

In total, during the week, a total number of 5,662 violations of road traffic rules were detected.

Among the 528 offenders were 106 passengers without a safety belt in cars. Eight children were transported without any safety children seats. So irresponsibly, five men and three women carried their small passengers. One of the parents was carrying his child on hands again, despite receiving a penalty for a similar offender in the past. t

20 drivers repeatedly "stuck" without a safety belt - they will have to respond in accordance with the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Republic of Lithuania (a fine of 60 to 90 Eur and can be granted a driving disqualification from 1 to 2 months).

Lithuanian officers first participated in the TISPOL seatbelt operation in 2007, when they recorded 3,628 child seat offences. In 2010 the figure was 1,683 and in 2013 it was 833. 

Vytautas Grasys, head of the Lithuanian Traffic Police Service, said individual responsibility was the key issue. "The use of a seat belt is not just a matter of personal self-determination, it is the responsibility of each driver and passenger. Let us take care and respect each other on the road," he told us.