Bribery statistics, which had been growing over the past three years, greatly reduced in 2016

By 2013, according to statistics, the number of bribery cases has been increasing, but it has always been similar.Since 2013, more cases of bribery have been recorded, as the newly-established anti-corruption unit has enforced tougher controls in this area and promoted intolerance to bribes as well as the recording of criminal acts. As one of unconventional forms of combating bribery, more women were assigned to work in the traffic police.

International studies show that women are much more resistant to corruption. The social anti-corruption campaign “Kyšis išpurvina” (en: Bribe Makes You Dirty), aimed at reducing the extent of corruption tolerance on the roads, and improving the culture of drivers, also contributed to this increase.

The results of the survey of 2016 show that the above measures have yielded excellent results. Compared to 2015, the number of bribery cases decreased by 42.3% and scored only 471.

Number of attempts to bribe officials by region
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018

During the last 3 years, the number of persons who gave (offered) bribes in Vilnius county increased, and in the counties of western Lithuania – decreased.Why did this happen?

It is believed that this is due to the fact that the Vilnius county is distinguished by higher concentration of people and higher flows of them, there are many non-indigenous residents.Employment, longer distances and the willingness to deal with matters on-the-spot also contribute bribery extent. Less populated counties (e.g., Utena, Telšiai, Tauragė) have fewer bribes recorded due to fewer people, fewer vehicles, people are more closely interconnected, they know each other or have a common relationship.

Number of attempts to bribe officials by gender

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.

Number of attempts to bribe officials by age






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.

Number of attempts to bribe officers by drunkenness

Drunk people are more likely to give a bribe and expect to fix everything.Why so?

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  • 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.

Number of attempts to bribe officials by amount of the bribe offered
  • 185 €
  • 361 €
  • 221 €
  • 365 €
  • 493 €
  • 2014 YRS
  • 2015 YRS
  • 2016 YRS
  • 2017 YRS
  • 2018 YRS

In 2015, average amount of money offered has decreased. Why did this happen?

It is believed to be linked to the introduction of the euro. 2015 At the beginning of the year 2015, the amount of money spent in Lithuania was slightly lower than the average, so it is likely that this could reduce the indicators for the whole year. In addition, it is interesting that bribes are offered not only in cash.In recent years, officers have been offered two kebabs, eggs, a truck full of fiewood and an iPhone.

In recent years, officials have been offered:
  • kebab
    Two kebabs
  • eggs
    Box of eggs
  • truck
    Truck full of firewood