Persuasive Speech Manuscript
English Honors III
16 January 2013
Text behind the wheel, and someone may be killed.
No one wants to receive a call that says someone close to them died. No one means any harm by texting and driving; but texting behind the wheel is very harmful. “26% of teens say they read or send a text at least one time every time they drive.” (www.FCC.gov) 26%. That’s a pretty good percentage of just teens alone, that’s not even counting adults. No one considers themselves to be a killer, until it’s too late. I’ve been on the opposite side of that phone call, receiving the call my Aunt passed away. The man nailed the passenger side, where she was sitting, going roughly 40 miles an hour, she died at the scene. He said he was sorry, but that wouldn’t bring her back to me. I’ve found it in my heart to forgive the man, but if I could see him, I’d tell him I hope that text was worth it, worth the life that he took. People need to see that texting behind the wheel isn’t some joke, it’s serious. The man that hit my Aunt wasn’t some teenager; it was a middle age man. The problem doesn’t lie with just teenagers; it’s everyone, the young and the old. The problem with texting and driving that many people don’t take into consideration is for one it delays one’s reaction time, it’s a distraction, and it’s beginning to get out of control. When someone is texting behind the wheel their attention from the road is divided. Part is to that text, and the other to the road. One statistic states,” texting while driving makes you four
times more likely to cause a crash. “(www.dosomething.org) Due to the fact that you’re reading the text means you aren’t really looking at the road or being aware of everything around you as a result. Many people say that they can multitask while they drive. But it’s been proven that on certain things they can’t. For instance, many people are able to eat and drive. But most people who say they can text and drive struggle...
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