Yesterday morning, on the same day that the Vatican issued its “10 Commandments for Good Motorists” in a 36-page document called Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road, a fellow Montreal blogger got doored by a pickup truck.
Not only did the Tinman get doored, he went down in a heap and then another car ran over his bicycle and his leg. He’s full of cuts and bruises but fortunately no bones were broken.
The Pope’s driving commandments are:
- 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 neighbor 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.
- Feel responsible toward others.
While there is no specific anti-dooring commandment, I think numbers 2, 9, and 10 pretty much cover it.
I consider myself lucky that I’ve never been doored, although I’ve come close a few times. To my shame, I admit I almost did the dooring once, a long time ago, when I was distracted and not thinking as I got out of my car. Since then I am extra prudent when I’m on either side of the equation.
In the mean time, thank (insert mystical figure of your choice) the Tinman isn’t more seriously injured.