Persuasive Speech Essay

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Tina Tu Professor J. Tejada COMM 120 11/24/14 It Can Wait 1. Introduction A. My son is turning sixteen on Friday and there’s nothing in this world he wants more than to get his driver’s license. As a parent, I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I’m excited about the new adventures and roads he’ll be travelling on, but on the other, I’m worried about his safety. The thing that concerns me the most, above and beyond anything else, is him texting while driving. B. This isn’t just a concern isolated to parents of teenaged drivers. i. If you’re on the road, whether in a car or as a pedestrian, it affects you. ii. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how much driving experience you have. iii. It doesn’t matter if you have a perfect driving record or have never been in a car accident. iv. According to the National Safety Council, you may be involved in one of the estimated 1,600,000 accidents per year caused by someone who was texting and driving. The National Organizations for Youth Safety calls this problem “an epidemic that threatens everyone on or near a road.” C. Accidents caused by people who text and drive are occurring more frequently, and it is our responsibility to speak up against it before we or someone we love is hurt or killed because of it. 2. Body A. Although it is just one example of distracted driving, texting while driving is particularly dangerous because this type of distraction comes in three forms through: i. cognitive or mental distractions which occur when a driver’s mind isn’t focused on driving, ii. visual distractions which occur when a driver looks at anything other than the road ahead, and iii. manual distractions which occur when a driver takes one or both hands off the wheel. B. If I ask everyone in this room if you’d be willing to be blindfolded while driving
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