10 Commandments For Drivers

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Thou shall not speed.

That commandment didn't make it into the top 10 the first time around, but a new document from the Vatican last week includes a second list of ten commandments, one just for drivers.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy has the new rules for the road to salvation.

"May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins," said Father Michael Wood from All Saints Catholic Church.

That list of sins just got a little longer.

"I for one, am guilty of many of the things," said Margot MacDonald who was attending mass.

On Tuesday the Vatican issued a second set of' "Ten Commandments", one just for drivers like Margot.

"I think we all need to take a second look at what we do before we get into a car," Margot said.

The new rules for the devout driver are pretty logical.

"They are very common sense, courteous, charitable ways of dealing with one another," Father Wood said.

They warn against road rage, drinking and driving, and dominating others by speeding.

At the top of list is a cross-over, thou shall not kill.

"Now we deal with one another in traffic," said Father Woods, "Obviously that isn't mentioned in the scriptures."

And Father Woods say stats from the World Health Organization show why the list got the green light now.

"There's 1.2 million killed every year and 50 million wounded," Father Woods said.

Plus according to him, the Bible itself is all about a safe journeys.

"Whether it's Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem to be registered," Woods said, "I know they weren't on cruise control."

And leaders in other domination's of Christianity say the new car commandments for driving your car and checking your mirrors aren't a bad idea either.

"It would be a sad thing if you come to church, and then cut someone off leaving the parking lot," said Pastor Amy Figg of St. John's Lutheran Church. "Our Catholic brothers and sisters, maybe they're onto something cool."

But others say it's ridiculous, and the Vatican needs to hit the brakes.

"It's the fact that the church has become so involved in what rules are just common sense," said Lydia McClure, a Knoxville driver.

For Margot MacDonald and other Catholics, it's not a bad idea at all.

"It'll definitely make me think twice before I get behind the wheel," Margot said.

Pope Benedict XVI hasn't given any indication that he has approved or even read the document.

It only bears the signature of Cardinal who heads the Office for Migrant Workers and Itinerant People.

That's who issued the document, called "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road."

The "Drivers Ten Commandments," as listed by the document, are:
1. You shall not kill.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
7. Support the families of accident victims.
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
10. Feel responsible toward others.


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