The Vatican yesterday issued a set of "ten commandments" aimed at advising motorists on the moral aspects of driving.
The 36-page document, called "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road", covers everything from road rage and respecting pedestrians to drinking and driving.
The "ten commandments" for motorists, 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.
How about adding a few more:
- Thou shalt not apply eye make-up at speeds greater than 55 mph
- Tho shalt not smoke in your car when there are children aboard
- Tho shalt not use your stereo volume bass to excavate my dental fillings
- Thou shalt keep a minimum of one hand on or near the wheel most of the time
- Tho shalt not give me the finger when I honk at you when you don’t move after the light turns green
- Thal shalt not stop in the exact middle of the street to chat with your homeboys (inner city problem)
- Thou shalt not tailgate and make me slam on my brakes
- Tho shalt not drive your semi 5 mph right next to another semi in construction zones
- Thou shalt turn thy blinker off after making the turn.
I could go on and on…..