Vat­i­can reaf­firms driv­ers’ ‘Ten Com­mand­ments’

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

VAT­I­CAN CITY — The Vat­i­can has reaf­firmed its set of “Ten Com­mand­ments” for driv­ers, say­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles can be an “oc­ca­sion of sin.”

A doc­u­ment ti­tled “Guide­lines for the Pas­toral Care of the Road” said driv­ing can un­leash road rage and other immoral be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing ex­cess speed, reck­less pass­ing, curs­ing and just plain rude­ness.

“Cars tend to bring out the ‘prim­i­tive’ side of hu­man be­ings, thereby pro­duc­ing rather un­pleas­ant re­sults,” the doc­u­ment said.

The warn­ing about driv­ing came in the first part of the 59-page in­struc­tion, first re­leased 19 June 2007 by the Pon­tif­i­cal Coun­cil for Mi­grants and Trav­el­ers.the doc­u­ment said driv­ers need to re­mem­ber that even when there is no one sit­ting next to them, they are never alone.

“Driv­ing a ve­hi­cle is ba­si­cally a way of re­lat­ing with and get­ting closer to other peo­ple and of in­te­grat­ing within a com­mu­nity of peo­ple,” it said.

“This ca­pac­ity for co­ex­is­tence, of en­ter­ing into re­la­tions with oth­ers, pre­sup­poses cer­tain spe­cific qual­i­ties in a driver: namely self-mas­tery, pru­dence, cour­tesy, a fit­ting spirit of ser­vice and knowl­edge of the high­way code,” it said.

Ac­ci­dents can oc­cur any­time, and when they do mo­torists have a moral re­spon­si­bil­ity to stop and help oth­ers, it said.the doc­u­ment cited statis­tics to demon­strate the risks of driv­ing. In the 20th cen­tury, about 35 mil­lion peo­ple lost their lives in road ac­ci­dents, and 1.5 bil­lion peo­ple were in­jured. In the year 2000 alone, traf­fic deaths reached nearly 1.3 mil­lion, and 90 per­cent of the ac­ci­dents were due to hu­man er­ror.

“The harm caused to the fam­i­lies of those in­volved in ac­ci­dents, as well as the pro­tracted con­se­quences for the in­jured, who all

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k wo too of­ten are per­ma­nently dis­abled, should also be borne in mind,” it said.

The “Ten Com­mand­ments” for driv­ers,

as listed in the doc­u­ment, are:

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

There are three ba­sic types of child car seats, each de­signed for dif­fer­ent ages (and sizes) of chil­dren: can un­dergo the lib­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of for­give­ness.

9. On the road, pro­tect the more vul­ner­a­ble

party.

10. Feel re­spon­si­ble to­ward oth­ers.

—Catholic­news

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