Texting And Driving

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Did you know that 21 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones? Scary, huh? The authors of “Parents Share Son’s Fatal Message to Warn Against Texting & Driving”, “The Science Behind Distracted Driving”, and “How the Brain Reacts” discuss the risks of using cellular devices while driving. They claim that texting and talking on a cell phone while driving can be dangerous and lead to fatal accidents, and they use persuasive techniques to influence the reader. In the first article “Parents Share Son’s Fatal Text Message to Warn Against Texting & Driving”, the author writes about a young man, Alexander Heit, who was sending a text while he was driving which caused his death. The author uses various persuasive techniques to get the point across to readers that texting and driving can be a lethal combination. One persuasive technique that the author uses is logos. He explains that “Heit appeared to have his head down when he began drifting into the oncoming lane. . .Heit looked up and jerked the steering wheel.” This logical reasoning supports the idea that Heit was not paying attention to his driving,but when he realized that he did not have control of the car he made a sudden attempt to correct his position but it was too late. Another persuasive technique that the author uses is pathos. He uses a quote by Heit’s mother that states, “In a split second you could ruin your future,injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the

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