Vatican encourages safer driving, not tyre-smoking powerslides
20 June 2007

We've never seen Pope Benedict hooning about behind the wheel of one of his many Popemobiles, and now we know the reason why.The Vatican has just issued '10 commandments' for motorists to help promote safter driving –no doubt influenced by Pope Benedict's serene progress at the wheel.The new 'Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road' are designed to encourage people to take more care of themselves and others on the road.Among the wise words are instructions not to make rude gestures to other drivers, and to avoid drinking and driving (though we suspect a sip of communion wine is okay).The document is about much more than driving, of course – it's about safety for millions of travellers on the road.Here are the Vatican's '10 Commandments of driving':


You shall not kill.


The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.


Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.


Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.


Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.


Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.


Support the families of accident victims.


Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.


On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.

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