Seat Belt Saves Lives

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General Purpose: To Persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade the class that always wear seatbelt when in/or operating a vehicle. Central Idea: Wearing a seat belt can save your life.

Attention/Introduction: Don’t be a victim. Be a solution to the problem. I have been a second-hand victim to this problem. My child hood best friend was taken away from me at the age 17 in a fatal car accident. Two out of the four passengers survived that accident; the two that survived were wearing seatbelts. Everyday someone dies in a crash simply from not wearing his or her seatbelt. From the research I have conducted, I have learned that seat belt saves lives, and the life you save might be your own.

Problem/Need: Everyday people are growing accustom to operating a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt. •People believe that just because they are traveling at low speeds or going on a short trip that seatbelts aren’t required. •I will never be in a crash; I’m a good driver.

Seatbelts are your single, most effective safety step that you can do to prevent serious injury or even worse death, in a car accident. (www.nsc.org/safety_road/DriverSafety/Pages/Seatbelts) •I’m sure many of us, including myself over look the importance of wearing seatbelts. •According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) seatbelt use went up from 84% in 2009 to 85% in 2010. •Seat belts have saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004-2008. •Forty-two percent of passenger vehicle occupants, killed in 2007, were unbelted. •The people that don’t wear seatbelts choose not to wear them because it feels uncomfortable.

Solution: Take 5 seconds to ensure that every passenger is “Buckled up”. •In 2009, the NHTSA study estimated that more that 1,600 lives could be saved and 22,000 injuries prevented if seatbelts use was 90% in every state. •Police in many states are allowed to pull you over and fine you for not wearing a seatbelt. •In cars they have install seat belt alarms, where...
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