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

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“WHY BANNING THE USE OF CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING SHOULD BE MANDATORY NATIONWIDE” KIM L BETTS ASHWORTH COLLEGE STUDENT # AC 1210637 PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC SPEAKING SP 180 ASSIGNMENT 7_14 It was around 9 p.m. when Justin picked up the phone call from a friend. He quickly became distracted by the conversation and failed to see the vehicle in front of him slow to make a right turn. He swerved into oncoming traffic as he overcorrected. Seconds after he successfully avoided crashing, a white Mitsubishi in the opposite lane could not avoid colliding with Justin’s vehicle. “We must go on knowing a remarkable and promising young man is gone – all because of a 29 second phone call that could have waited”. This is the testimony of Herbie Martinez, father of Justin Martinez, who lost his son on July 20, 2011. Is one message or one call really more important than a human’s life? Justin’s death could easily have been avoided if there was a law banning the cell phone use while driving. The statistics for the number of deaths and life-altering accidents for our younger drivers are staggering. Texting while driving causes 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY. That is 11 families, schools, and communities that are forever missing children, classmates, teammates, and that great kid next door because they took that 5 seconds it takes to text that they were running late, or whatever not-so-important message they sent. Additionally, it is still legal in 11 states to text while driving; only 10 fully prohibit cell phones while driving. According to the NHTSB, texting is 6 times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Finally, texting is not a teen-only problem with 47% of adults admitting to texting while driving. Today, I will convince you to pledge stop using cell phones while driving and prove that the ban should be mandatory not only in some states but nationwide. I will talk
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