Safe Driving

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Persuasive Speech on Safe Driving

Attention-getter: Every hour someone dies in crash simply from not buckling his or her seat belt, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site, 2002. Reason to Listen: From 1982 to 1996, an estimated 3,300 lives were saved by the used of seat belt and child restraint systems, according to the Espine Organization’s Web site, 1997. Credibility Statement: From the research I have completed for this speech, I have learned that seat belts do save lives, as well as, keep your from serious injuries. Thesis Statement: When you are driving or even riding in a vehicle, buckling your seat belt will decrease your chance to death or serious injury, if you get in a serious accident. Preview of Main Points:

First, I will present you with a problem that has dramatic results but could be dealt with quite easily. Second, I will provide a possible solution to help reduce this problem. Third, I will give a visualization of the problem seen through the positive and negative aspects. Finally, I will tell you how as an individual can deal with the problem.

Transition: Let’s first begin by talking about some of the problems of not wearing your seat belt. Not wearing your seat belt can result in death of serious harm. Too many unnecessary looses of live occur each year for the simple reason—people just don’t wear seat belts. According to an article in the Lincoln Journal Star in August 2002, Nebraska highway deaths are the highest in 21 years with a total of 195. In 2001, about 3 of 4 people who died as a result of a highway accidents were not wearing seat belts. In 2002, it is 4 of 5 people who died are not wearing seat belts. The Nebraska Department of Roads report, 2001, noted that 38 percent of fatal accidents happened on local highways, 14.5 percent on the interstate, and 47.5 percent on county road systems. The percent change of Nebraska traffic fatalities from 2001 to present on the interstate in 133%. The...
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