Why Banning the Use of Cell Phones While Driving Should Be Mandatory Nationwide

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Why Banning the Use of Cell Phones While Driving Should Be Mandatory Nationwide

Dimuthu perera
AC1304661
SP180.0.3 Principles of Public Speaking
Assignment 6_06
8/26/13



“WHY BANNING THE USE OF CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING SHOULD BE MANDATORY NATIONWIDE”
TITLE: Why Banning the Use of Cell Phones While Driving Should Be Mandatory Nationwide?
A. General Purpose: Persuade
B. Specific Purpose: Persuade my audience that banning the use of cell phones while driving should be mandatory nationwide.
C. Central idea: Cell phones are as common in the market today as a wrist watch on your arm. Everyone has one including the very young as well as the extreme elderly. People are constantly talking, texting, playing games or surfing on
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II. Body of the Presentation
A. Distracted driving is becoming a national epidemic.
1. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted driving contributes to up to 8,000 crashes every single day.
2. According to a cross over study conducted by McEvoy in 2005, a driver's use of a cell phone up to 10 min before a crash is associated with a fourfold increased likelihood of crashing, and risk is raised irrespective of whether a hands-free device is used. An observational study by Wilson, Fang, & Wiggins in 2003 shows thatcompared to drivers who do not use cell phones, drivers talking on cell phones miss twice as many traffic signals, are more likely to swerve into the next lane (46%), tailgate (23%), have close calls (18%), and run red lights (10%)
B. This epidemic has gotten to the point where lawmakers need to seriously consider how to stop accidents.
1. The National Safety Council estimates that at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones and texting and drivers who use a cell phone – either handheld or hands-free – are four times more likely to be involved in a crash.
2. A majority of drivers – 94% – agree that texting or emailing while driving is unacceptable and 87% support laws against reading, typing or sending text messages or emails while driving, according to the AAA Foundation’s 2011 Traffic Safety Culture Index.
C. Several states have already passed laws…