Why Banning the Use of Cell Phones While Driving

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Shannon OBryant Student ID: AC1402032 Course No. SP180.1.2 Principles of Public Speaking Lesson No. 6 Persuasive Speech Outline May 6th, 2014 TITLE: WHY BANNING THE USE OF CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING SHOULD BE MANDATORY NATIONWIDE I. A. General Purpose To convince my audience that cell phone usage while driving should be banned nationwide. B. Specific Purpose To inform the audience of the significant danger of using a cell phone while driving, and convey the importance of getting the word out to enact both individual and societal change, nationwide. C. Central idea The use of a cell phone or other mobile device while operating an automobile always results in a distracted driver, which in turn has been seen to cause serious accidents, including many fatalities. These tragedies are entirely preventable, as virtually no phone call or text is so urgent that the driver doesnt have time to pull over or have another passenger operate the mobile device. II. Introduction 72% of drivers with cell phones report that they use them to talk or to text while driving. They are aware of the many dangerous situations and also know that it is illegal, but in most cases, discount it. A. Key point #1: Societys reliance on cell phones. B. Key point #2: What is a distracted driver? C. Key point #3: What does it take to enforce the laws, consistently, from state-to-state? III. Body of the Presentation A. Key Point #1: Cell phones are as common and familiar to us as our wallets and keys are to us these days. We dont leave home without them; theyre always with us. We rely on them and we depend on them. 1. How many drivers use their cell phones while driving? (Executive Summary). 2. Did you know that using your cell phone has been compared to drinking and driving? (Teater, 2013). B. Key Point #2: It would be devastating and humiliating to get a DUI,
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