It can be stated that since 2015 the number of bribery cases in the police has been steadily decreasing.
These positive changes have been influenced by the establishment of anti-corruption units, the main purpose of which is to fight corruption and its manifestations in the police. Anti-corruption programs for the police and, in addition, anti-corruption programs for the traffic police have been created. As one of the non-traditional forms of combating bribery, more women have been employed to work for the traffic police. International research shows that women are much more resistant to corruption.
Additional anti-corruption measures have also been introduced, such as the use of audio-visual equipment in police cars, mobile audio-visual recorders worn on the police uniform, which have significantly contributed to decrease in bribery cases. The social anti-corruption campaign “Kyšis išpurvina” (Eng. Bribe makes you dirty),
which aims to reduce the tolerance level of corruption on the roads and improve the drivers’ culture, also contributed to the decrease in bribery cases. It is also important to mention that such self-control measures stimulate ethical behaviour of police officers, appropriate communication, avoidance of possible provocations or misunderstanding, interpretation of situations, and thus increase public trust in the police, which has now become the highest throughout the whole period of independence of the State. Thus, the introduction of these and other measures, as well as the model of behavioural culture, public trust in the Lithuanian police officers and the officers’ own respect for their profession have positively affected the numbers of petty corruption cases.
The analysis carried out shows that the abovementioned measures have caused excellent results. Compared to the number of bribes identified in 2015, in 2019 the number of bribes decreased more than 5 times.
The majority of cases when individuals give a bribe are found in Vilnius County. Why is it so?
It is believed that this is due to the fact that Vilnius County has a higher density of people and higher flows, as well as a large number of non-local residents. Busyness, greater distances and willingness to settle things on the ground also contribute to this. Counties with a smaller population (e.g. Utena, Telšiai, Tauragė) have fewer cases of bribery due to a smaller number of inhabitants, lower traffic intensity, as well as due to the fact that people communicate more closely with each other, are familiar or have other interconnections.
The number of women giving bribes every year is significantly lower than that of men.Why do so few women give a bribe?
This may be due to the fact that women are more afraid to be prosecuted and spoil their reputation.In addition, the number of women holding a driver’s license in Lithuania is significantly lower than that of men.Women are also less likely to commit road traffic violations, and if they did one and were caught, they often express emotions with tears, try to ask them to let go or call their relatives rather than offer a bribe.
Why do people of 20-19 years of age are most likely to try to bribe an officer?
The number of drivers in this age group is the highest, these people are employed, rushing and busy, they try not to get caught and have no records, which could spoil their reputation and impose a bigger fine (the more records (repeatability), the higher the fines are imposed, which can also lead to the deprivation of right to drive).
In addition, people of this age have taken an example from their parents, follow by their way of “dealing with money”, so the model of corrupt practice is the most rooted in this age group, where a bribe is still considered a norm.
Drunk people are more likely to give a bribe and expect to fix everything.Why so?
- It is likely that this is due to the fact that alcohol suppresses sensations, including fear.It also hinders a rational assessment of the situation, and people are even more likely to believe that offering money to officers will help solve the problem more quickly.
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- 2016 YRS
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- 2018 YRS
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- 2020 YRS
The average amount of money given/offered as a bribe.
It was found that in the period of 2015-2019 the average given/offered bribe had decreased from 365 to 207 euros. It is believed that this was initially related to the introduction of the Euro.
It has been noticed that foreign long-distance drivers and newcomers from the former Soviet Union countries, not belonging the European Union, give/offer significantly (10 times) smaller amounts of money than the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and as the overall level of bribery decreases, the number of foreigners giving/offering bribes increases proportionally. This is thought to be influenced by different standards of living in these countries and the tradition of bribery, which is still prevalent there. It is also interesting that bribes are not only offered in cash. In recent years, officials have been offered two kebabs, eggs, a truck of firewood or an iPhone.
In recent years, officials have been offered:
Box of eggs
Truck full of firewood