The Nature of a Serious Problem That We Are Facing

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HACC, Lancaster Campus
Speech 101, Mr. Fernandes
THE SPEECH TO PERSUADE
(An Example)

Note: The data presented in this sample speech is fictitious and is intended only as a backdrop for this illustration. Also, this example illustrates a mid point between the initial narrative form and the final note card form of the speech. This entire speech should be reduced to three or four 5" X 8" note cards for an extemporaneous presentation. Remember, the less narrative data on the note cards, the less temptation to read.

Introduction

1. Attention: I wonder how many of us came to class tonighta wondering whether or not we would make it home safely? Most of us are not usually preoccupied with these type thoughts. But did you know that during the past 14 months 27 people have been seriously injured and 4 have been killed within one block of where you are sitting right now?

2. Personal Introduction: Good Evening, I'm Jerry Fernandes

3. Motivational Statement: and tonight, I'm going to provide you with some information that can literally save your life.

In doing this I'll talk about

4. Overview:

- The nature of a serious problem that we are facing

And then, I'll cover

- What has been done by city officials and law enforcement so far to resolve this problem

And finally, I'll discuss

- What we can do now to protect ourselves from the threat this problem poses

Body

I. The problem that we are facing is the deadly intersection of H Street and Laurel Avenue.

- This intersection is dangerous to us all because it has no stop light.

-- According to a summary of Lompoc City Police reports filed within the last 14 months, there have been 19 collisions at the corner of H Street and Laurel Avenue. Of these, 19 collisions, 11 were attributed to the failure of East/West Laurel Avenue traffic to stop at H Street. The remaining 8 accidents were attributed to motorist traveling North and South on H Street, striking cars in the rear that had just turned on to H street from Laurel Avenue.

-- An analysis of Lompoc traffic accidents was prepared by Mr. J. T. Brown of the California Department of Motor Vehicles Mishap Investigation Division, and published February 22nd,1996. In this analysis, the underlying cause of these specific 19 traffic accidents was listed as the lack of adequate traffic control at the intersection of H Street and Laurel Avenue. The analysis further went on to site the installation of a traffic signal as the recommended solution.

-- I have copies of both the Summary of Lompoc City Police reports and Mr. Brown's analysis If you would care to review them for yourself later.

Well, now that we've examined the nature of the threat we are facing lets take a look at what has been done so far to defend against this threat.

II. Debate by city officials and increased patrols by law enforcement have not solved the problem.

- The Lompoc City Council has debated installing a traffic signal.

-- During the last two City Council meetings held in January and February of this year, the council acknowledged the need for a traffic signal but concluded that the cost of $127,000.00 would take away from funds needed for other city projects.

- Police increased patrol of this dangerous area from October to December of 1996.

-- 6 of the 19 accidents occurred during this three month period. --- Police can not be permanently assigned to observe one intersection.... Manning just won't permit that.

---- According to Patrolman Danny Glover, a
Lompoc City Policeman who was involved in the additional patrol of the H Street and Laurel Avenue intersection area (and I quote)...
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