In Vilnius 16 new speed radars will monitor more than speed
Expats in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, will now encounter a more vigilant traffic monitoring system. As of July 19th, 16 new multifunctional speed cameras have begun operating, ushering in a new era of road safety and traffic rule enforcement in the city. Here are the key locations for these cameras:
- Savanorių pr. near Vaduvos g.
- Antakalnio g. near Tverečiaus g.
- Olandų g. near Filaretų g.
- T. Narbuto g. near Sėlių g.
- Ukmergės g. near Paribio g.
- Molėtų pl. near Skersinės g.
- Nemenčinės pl. near Svajonių g.
- Ozo g. near Kernavės g.
- Švitrigailos g. near Kauno g.
- Gariūnų g. near Paneriškių g.
- Abiejų Tautų Respublikos pl. near J. Tiškevičiaus g.
- Kalvarijų g. near V. Gerulaičio g.
- S. Batoro g. near Rudens g.
- Laisvės pr. near Viršuliškių g.
- Oslo g. near Laisvės pr.
- Minsko pl. near Gurių g.
Previously, these cameras were in a trial phase and did not issue fines for violations, serving as a warning system with signs nearby stating, “įranga testuojama” or “equipment is being tested.” However, with these cameras now fully operational, drivers will receive no prior warnings.
What are the speed limits in Lithuania?
Residential Areas: The speed limit in residential areas and in the vicinity of built-up areas is typically 50 kilometers per hour (km/h).
Urban Roads: Inside cities and towns, on urban roads with separate lanes for each direction, the speed limit is usually 50 km/h.
Non-Urban Roads: On non-urban roads (outside of cities and towns), the speed limit is typically 90 km/h.
Dual Carriageways: On dual carriageways, expressways, or roads with separated lanes in each direction, the speed limit can vary but is generally 100 km/h.
Motorways: On motorways, the maximum speed limit can be 130 km/h, but in some sections, it may be reduced to 110 km/h. Pay attention to posted signs for specific limits.
Special Conditions: In special circumstances, such as inclement weather or road conditions, temporary speed limits may apply. These are indicated by road signs.
Minimum Speed Limits: Some sections of motorways and expressways may have minimum speed limits, usually 70 km/h. These are intended to maintain traffic flow and safety.
What the cameras are monitoring?
What makes these cameras stand out is their multifunctionality. In addition to measuring vehicle speed, they can also detect running red lights and unauthorized use of lanes designated for public transportation.
One such multifunctional speed camera on Ukmergės Street can monitor A lane usage, ensuring that only authorized vehicles use this lane. These new cameras are strategically located throughout Vilnius to improve road safety and reduce traffic violations.
The 16 new cameras are spread across various locations in Vilnius, and they will complement the 23 existing speed monitoring devices in the city. Among these, 12 can detect not only speeding violations but also red-light running, and 2 can capture misuse of A lanes.
Vilnius drivers, on average, receive around 2,800 violations per year from speed cameras, with some of the highest numbers recorded on Konstitucijos Avenue, Vilnius Western Bypass near Tarande, and Žirmūnų Street 22.
These cameras are strategically placed based on factors like traffic safety, accident reduction, high-risk zones, and common traffic violations such as speeding, lane misuse, and red-light violations. Their installation can also be part of comprehensive infrastructure development projects within the city.
For expats and locals alike, it’s crucial to drive responsibly and respect the rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on Vilnius’s roads.