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6/20/07

Vatican Releases Ten Commandments on Driving

Think drivers on the South Plains need a few driving lessons, well the Pope may have an answer. Tuesday the Vatican issued the Ten Commandments for drivers.

The Ten Commandments...not of life, but of the road, starting out with you shall not kill.

Reverend David Cruz from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church says, "Good way to make it accessible for people of all walks of life, something that we can find useful."

Reverend Cruz supports the new commandments, which warns cars can be "an occasion of sin" --- especially when used for the two P's passing dangerously or prostitution. 

The drivers' Ten Commandments remind drivers to be charitable to others and drive with a moral sense. However, warn against road rage, something that's not always easy for some Lubbock drivers.

Lubbock driver Paul Gomez says, "Sometime I get irate and start doing the wrong thing."

But as for handling it, Gomez says he'll, "Just chill and breathe and let it go."

Something these commandments also call for is obeying speed limits and exercising prudence.

"It helps us to keep thinking in the proper perspective and allows families to talk about the issues of the responsibility and of what it takes to be a good driver," says Reverend Cruz.

It tells drivers to be charitable on the roadway and reminds them to not drink and drive behind the wheel. The Ten Commandments of driving also say pray before you buckle up.

"We forget that we're constantly in need of God's help to go place to place. And so it's a good reminder," adds Revered Cruz.

The Vatican document also recommends a prayerful devotion while on the road, including performing the sign of the cross before getting in the car and saying the rosary along the way.

The "Drivers' Ten Commandments," as listed in the document:

1. You shall not kill.

2. The road shall be 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. Car 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 quality 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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