Texting and Driving Persuasive Speech 3

Liz Marks cannot fall asleep w/o taking medication. She cannot create… She is hard of hearing & is blind… Liz Marks was once a popular high school senior… One day… (5) In April of 2012, Liz Marks crashed into the back of a truck that was making a left hand turn. According to an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Marks says, “I was warned about texting & driving, but I always thought, ‘It’s not gonna happen to me.” Liz Marks is now (statistic). (Real &Prevalent, like yourselves) In fact, according to vid by Meridian Health Education on Personal Health & Wellness, 82% of teens admit to doing just what Liz had back in 2012; 82% of teens admit using their cell phones… Thesis: Texting & driving is dangerous for you & every other driver on the road & it is your responsibility as a licensed driver in (S.O.M.) to reduce driving distractions.
I personally have read too many… & sat through too many presentations about… I vowed never to text&drive to protect not only myself but every other driver on the road as well. I was once in your shoes: ready for my chance to finally drive on my own&to have some freedom. But w/ this newfound freedom comes (GR) & that should never…As new drivers, you are all probably getting a lot of advice on… All the people who are giving you this advice only care for you&want you to be safe. It’s important to take the things that experts & what your parents say…(WTBS) I would like to talk to you guys about 2 important laws… texting & driving, how distractions like texting& driving critically impair reaction time& lead drivers into more distracted driving habits, & the many ways you can reduce distractions that obstruct your ability to drive.
What every young driver should know is… As outlined by Michigan.gov, “The Michigan texting while driving ban prohibits reading, typing or sending text messages using a wireless two-way communication device in a person’s hand or lap while driving a car.” (Bsc) Also according to the Michigan State Police Department, “As of July 1, 2010, Michigan law prohibits texting while driving. For a first offense, motorists are fined $100. Subsequent offenses cost $200.”So n/o is a distraction like texting dangerous for you, but it can also cost you a lot of time&$$$(VA) You lt. cannot afford to text & drive. It’s that simple.. Now let’s talk about the effects of distracted driving. “Researchers at the Texas Transportation Institute have determined that a driver’s reaction time is doubled when distracted by reading or sending a text message.”This means every defensive reaction you may have to an obstacle i.t.r will be 2x as slow as it would if you were fully concentrating-& 4 some situations this could mean life or death for you, your passengers or (ptly) the passengers of o.t. cars. Distracted driving is a major part of car accidents & deaths, & texting is a driver distraction that steadily cont. to be on the rise.
So, how can we limit driving distractions in order to make our roads a safer place to travel?If something prevents you from devoting your undivided attention to driving then it is considered a distraction. Cell phones can be a serious driving distraction among teens as well as adults. One way you can avoid being distracted by a cell phone is to answer all texts, snapchats, and dos b/f you get behind the wheel. When you are behind the wheel: put the phone out of sight & out of mind until you get to where you’re going. All in all, I have told you about how texting& driving is illegal, how it can critically impair your reaction time on the road,& how to limit distractions while driving.
64% of road accidents have a cell phone involved in them, every year, about 421,000 people are injured in crashes that have involved a driver who was distracted. Remember how Liz Marks said: “I was warned about texting and driving, but I always thought, ‘It’s not gonna happen to me.”
It’s likely that these statistics&warnings are some of the same ones Liz heard too.
Now Liz is part of those statistics. She made her choice: one that changed her life forever. What will be yours?