Persuasive Speech Outline Essay

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Persuasive Speech Outline
ALL 50 STATES SHOULD HAVE MANDATORY MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAWS
TOPIC: Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws
PURPOSE: To persuade the audience that all 50 states should enact and enforce a mandatory motorcycle helmet law.
THESIS STATEMENT: Mandatory helmet laws save lives and dollars.
INTRODUCTION




Did you know that only 19 states and the District of Columbia have laws in place that require all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet? 19!?
28 states have laws covering some riders, usually people younger than 18.
3 states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire) that do not have any helmet requirements at all. I find it odd that we all are required by law to wear our seatbelts and put our children in safety
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Repeatedly, the effect is the same, no or fewer laws enforcing helmet wearing means increased motorcycle rider fatalities
i. Less law requirement = less helmet wearing = more deaths
D. And that’s the very real cost to you and me fewer Dads, uncles, sons, nephews (90% of all killed are men)
Transition: But why? Why on earth would we weaken or get rid these laws when we know that they prevent deaths?
II. Lots of motorcycle riders vehemently oppose these laws
A. They are passionate and vocal. They turn out in large numbers and ride their bikes around Washington DC and state capitols. They walk the halls of legislatures and knock on doors lobbying against helmet restrictions.
B. But safety is not the point that motorcycle rights activist groups are arguing: its freedom a. The government shouldn’t tell us what to do
b. It’s so un-American it’s embarrassing
i. Freedom fighters
c. it is my personal choice to make
i. Courts have time and again stuck down this individual argument
1. Public roads
2. No insurance=Govt funded hospital bills and disability benefits
a. IIHS backs that up by reviewing 25 studies and concluding that just over half of riders involved in accidents had private health insurance
Transition: So, let’s take a quick look at the safety issue that the freedom fighters can’t refute.
III. The solution is already documented:
A. A report released by the
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