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Dangers of Texting While Driving

By antsweety Jun 24, 2015 957 Words
Phyo Htet
Dr. Kitty Luo
COM 114
3rd June, 2015
Persuasive Speech Outline

Topic: Dangers of Texting and Driving

Specific Purpose : To persuade my audience not to text while driving because it is very dangerous.

Thesis Statement: Texting and cellphones uses should be banned while driving. Using cell phone would make drivers have less control of the vehicles and more likely accident occurs.


A. Cell phones are troublesome while driving. When a driver keeps talking or listening to music he or is not supposed to focus off the road. A cell phone makes a great difference. It is not forbidden to talk to a passenger but it is not recommended to talk to an invisible cell phone communicator. The use of cell phones is the most common distraction, but the use of a hand-held cell phone increases the risk by 1.3 times, which is less than reaching for items on the seat or in the glove compartment.

B. However, some people are able to multitask without causing any danger and they are capable of handling phone while driving, but not everybody can do that every time we drive. Most of the drivers believe that they can multitask. “It is difficult for pretty much everyone to do several things at once. In fact, studies have shown that people who have the most confidence that they can multitask are actually the worst at it.

C. Thesis and Preview: Today I would like to talk to you about firstly, texting while driving are the worst among other cell phone distraction. Secondly, using facebook, and surfing the internet is extremely dangerous to do while driving because doing so requires you to take your eyes off the road.

(Transition into body of speech): I’ll begin telling my audience about how using a cellphone while driving is dangerous.


A. Smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times. But that can pose serious safety risks is someone decides to check his or her text messages, emails, phone calls, or any other mobile applications while driving.

1. Drivers texting while driving have a less ability of concentrate on the road the danger surrounding the vehicle. Even though we know it is dangerous, yet most of us do it anyway.

a. Using a cell phone, texting, browsing internet with phone while driving is too dangerous and increases your chances of getting into an accident.

b. You can’t stop checking your phone even when you are driving because to fight texting and driving means confronting a bigger problem. Whenever the phone ringing or buzzing with a message.

c. When it comes to manual manipulation of cell phones teens comprise perhaps the largest population of drivers distracted by dialing and text messaging. Texting, as it’s called, is the number one way teens communicate via cell phone with friends quickly and conveniently. Not only is texting a major cause of driving incidents among teens, but most of them know it. While this may seem alarming, it’s not out of line with the typical it’s-not-gonna-happen-to-me sensibility of most young adults.

(Transition: I want to talk about how cell phone can contributes driving us into danger. Handling the phone: dialing, answering, text messaging, etc.)

B. General Cell Phone Statistics
The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk. Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to travel the length of a football field. Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road. Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity. 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.

74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use. (Cell Phone Use While Driving: Statistics)

1. Indiana State Law

The Indiana texting & driving law became effective July 1, 2011, with fines up to $500. The law applies only to text messaging, not the myriad other smart phone functions such as use of the Internet. Indiana was the 32nd state to ban texting while behind the wheel. ( Indiana cell phone laws legislation )


A. As you can see, texting while driving is unsafe and may result in serious and even deadly consequences. It is so dangerous that texting in cars is often times compared to drunk driving or driving under influence of drugs.

B. Stay focused on defensive driving, keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times. Don’t use a cell phone or any other electronic device while driving.

C. In conclusion, to ensure our own safety we should avoid texting ad driving. One of a great one is AT&T's "No Text on Board” pledge. The official day of pledging is September 19th, but you don't have to wait until then to take the pledge. Just visit the site and make a commitment along with your love one or family to not text and drive, who knows you could be saving a life


The Dangers of Texting While Driving. (n.d.). Retrieved (June 2, 2015), from

Cell Phone Use While Driving Statistics. Retrieved (June 3, 2015), from

Keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone. Retrieved (June 3, 2015), from

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