Driving Age 18

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Specific Purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience will agree that the legal driving age should be changed to 18 years of age.
I. The driving age should be raised to 18; people at the age of 16 are too young to handle the responsibility of driving a car. II. “The risk of crash involvement per mile driven among 16-19 year olds is 4 times the risk among older drivers.” (highwaysafety.org) III. “Risk is highest at age 16-17. In fact, the crash rate per mile driven is almost 3 times as high among 16 year olds as it is among 18-19 year olds.” (highwaysafety.org) Central Idea (Thesis): Please consider raising the driving age so that our youth of today will be safe and will be responsible when we do hand them the keys to their cars.

I. We have the statistics, now we need the explanation.
A. “Crash rates are high largely because of young drivers immaturity combined with driving inexperience.” (Road Injury Prevention & Litigation Journal) B. “The immaturity is apparent when we look at their driving practices such as speeding, street races, and tailgating.” (Road Injury Prevention & Litigation Journal) C. These young people are easily distracted; they don’t know how to handle small emergencies or driving hazards. II. This is serious and these young drivers aren’t doing it alone. A. “Drivers ages 16-19 have significantly higher crash rates compared with older drivers, and traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in that age group.” (TranSafety, Inc.) 1. I have picture of high school license plates.

2. My classmate is paralyzed from a car accident.
B. “They are more likely to have 3 or more passengers in their car primarily other teenagers.” (TranSafety, Inc.) Natalie Hall
Persuasive Speech
C. These kids make driving errors, and they have others in the cars that are just as inexperienced as they are. III. These 16 year olds aren’t physically ready to drive.
A. “These teens have under-developed motor skills which cause them to react more...
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