The Dangers of Drunk Driving
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience of the dangers that come with drunk driving.
A. Attention Getter: Imagine driving your car to pick up a friend from a party late one night. The streets are desolate as you pull out of your neighborhood. You are closing in on the first intersection. You do not accelerate because the light is red but you are not hitting your breaks because you can feel that it is about to turn green. Just before you begin breaking the light turns green again. You put your foot on the pedal, expecting to glide right through the empty intersection, unaware of the drunk driver that is perpendicular to you. You are struck on the driver’s side, and within a blink of an eye your entire life is changed. B. Relevance Statement: Nine thousand eight hundred seventy-eight. That is the approximate number of people who lost their lives in the year 2011 to drunk driving automobile accidents. C. Credibility: In 2000, my father made the decision to drive a motorcycle after drinking many beers. On the road in front of our home he lost control of his motorcycle causing him to fall into the lane of oncoming traffic. Not only was I affected by my father’s decision to drink and drive, but so was the man driving in the opposite lane who hit him. D. Thesis: To some people drunk driving can seem as of no big deal, but to others drunk driving is serious. Drinking and driving send a person through legal ramifications, emotional consequences, and financial turmoil. Transition: To begin, we will talk about the legal ramifications of drunk driving. II. Body
A. First Main Point: Legal Ramifications
A.1. Evidence: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in people 20 and younger and people 21 and older. A.1.a) Define BAC -
A.1.b) 20 and younger – The legal BAC for people 20 and younger is absolutely 0. There is usually a zero tolerance for people under the age of 21 to have a blood alcohol concentration of anything,...
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