Sunday, April 29, 2007

Crescat, there is always hope!!!

In my article about driving, I apparently scared a new reader when I said that careless driving is a venial sin, and reckless driving a mortal one. Let me give further definition as to what I was mean by "careless" and "reckless", and I think you will see there is hope for salvation!!! By my Colorado Diving manual's definition Reckless driving is: "Any person who drives any motor vehicle, bicycle, or motorized bicycle in such a manner as to indicate either a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving."
As you can see, reckless driving (being considered mortal sin) is a willful and serious disregard for life by driving in a manner intentional of being dangerous.
Careless driving on the other hand (being considered venial), is defined as: "Any person who drives any motor vehicle, bicycle, or motorized bicycle in careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances, is guilty of careless driving."
Careless driving is less serious because the driver here is not intentionally trying to bring harm, but is not showing proper attention and care while driving. This doesn't mean if you have been in accidents that you are guilty of any of these sins; only you can know. Some people are simply bad drivers and need more practice. So don't worry Miss Carolina Cannonball---there is hope for everyone, and you may come to realize that you can drive with a clean conscience--though perhaps a bad driving record?

1 comment:

Carolina Cannonball said...

the definition you gave for careless could easily have my photo beside it. I have the attention span of a gnat. But being the product of our society I place the blame squarly on my public school education. Now, gimme my drugs.