Road safety in Lithuania

The rapid growth in car ownership and the intensifying traffic makes it more difficult to ensure safe traffic in Lithuania. As every member of society is a road user, road safety becomes a global issue. High road accident rates in Lithuania can be basically explained by reckless behaviour behind the wheel, the improper organisation of traffic, the poor condition of vehicles and roads, etc. It is still necessary to raise the awareness of the public about road traffic culture, mutual respect and assistance on the road.

Road safety has recently become the focus of attention across the whole country, as this issue is of great importance to society, governmental institutions and international organisations. European Union institutions and EU member states are making great efforts to improve road safety. The 2011 White Paper on Transport includes a target to halve the number of road deaths by 2020 by defining extra measures of safe traffic, and implementing new and modern technologies.

In Lithuania, road safety policy is formulated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania. In its effort to ensure road safety the Ministry of Transport and Communications cooperates with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance, municipalities, other state institutions, public organisations and science institutions.

Road safety depends on many factors, such as a road user, a vehicle, a road and the environment. How these factors affect road safety primarily depends on a country’s economy, funds allocated for road safety, the culture of the country’s residents, the standard of living, etc.

Institutional interaction

The State Traffic Safety Commission, which operates on a regular basis, oversees how the state implements road safety policy. The Commission, which is approved by the government, is comprised of the representatives of state institutions and the Association of Local Authorities.

Road safety in Lithuania is also improved as a result of Law on Road Traffic Safety of the Republic of Lithuania. One of its targets is to control the work of institutions responsible for road traffic, and regulate and enforce road safety.

Last updated: 18-11-2023