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Texting While Driving

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Lauren Melcher

on 12 December 2014

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Transcript of Texting While Driving

Attention Getter
Did you know that in 2012, 3,328 Americans were killed in cell phone distraction-related crashes?


Reason 1
Texting while driving increases the chance of an accident
Evidence
1




Texting in cars and trucks causes over 3,000 deaths and 330,000 injuries per year in the U.S.


Reason 2
There are expensive fees to pay when texting while driving.
Thesis
/
Argument
Drivers should never be able allowed to have a tempting phone in the front of the car with them because it increases the chance of an accident, there are expensive fees to pay when texting while driving, and it is a major distraction.
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Lauren Melcher

Evidence 2
In 2011 at least 20% of car crashes involved cell phones. That’s 1.3 million crashes.


Evidence 3
40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.


44 states have already banned texting while driving. It's that dangerous!


Evidence 1
In some states, if you are caught texting while driving you can get major fines.

Transition
Now onto the second reason.
Evidence 2
If a driver gets into a cell phone related accident, they will have their insurance rates go up for car insurance and health insurance.
Evidence 3
After a specific number of points, your license can be suspended or taken away; to get your license back you will pay hundreds of dollars in fines and fees.


That was my intro, now onto
Reason
1.
Reason 3
Opposition
Telling someone to do something won’t make them do it. Generally people do what they want to do. Many people will continue doing what feels “okay” despite any data.


Evidence 1
Anecdote
The parents of a 17-year-old who died on the first day of school, from texting while driving, are urging teen drivers to resist distracted driving . She crashed into the back of a school bus. Logan died on Sept. 4, shortly after the crash. Two students, ages 7 and 11, were on the bus at the time of the crash. Ethan Hinton, 7, was exiting the bus at the time of the crash, and was knocked down by the impact, but neither student was seriously injured.

It is a major distraction.
Evidence 2
Video
Evidence 3
A study by Forbes Business found that 47 percent of adults admit they text while driving.

And that 58 percent of high school seniors text friends instead of paying attention to the road.
Evidence 4
Article with
Expert Testimony
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-30/the-best-way-to-stop-texting-while-driving-make-it-illegal



Evidence 4
The minimal amount of time your eyes are off the road while texting and driving is 5 sec. If you’re traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field blindfolded.

Opposition
If there is ever an emergency, the driver needs their phone close by and accessible to call 911 or family.


Transition
That was reason 3, now onto my conclusion.
Bibliography/
Citation
"Texting While Driving." Student Resources in Context. Gale Student Resources, 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.
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"Why Cell Phones Should Not Be Banned While Driving." Why Cell Phones Should Not Be Banned While Driving. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2014.

"Texting While Driving - FindLaw." Findlaw. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2014.
"DMV Point System - Driver's License Points & Traffic Ticket Penalties."DMV.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2014.
"Distracted Driving | Facts and Stats | Texting and Driving." Distracted Driving | Facts and Stats | Texting and Driving. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.
"Texting and Driving Statistics - Distracted Driving Drives Up Risk."Edgarsnyder.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.
Aho, Karen. "Bans on Texting While Driving Cut Teen Deaths 11 Percent." Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg, 30 July 2014. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.vvv
"How Much Does Your State Fine For Texting and Driving?" Mother Jones. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2014.
"Texting While Driving: Targeted for Extinction." Edmunds. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.
That was Reason 2,
now onto Reason 3.
Advertisement
Call for Action
Lead by Example – No one should text and drive. Be an example for others, and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place.

Be Active - Tell family, friends and organizations about the importance of driving without distractions.


Conclusion
It should never be allowed for a driver to have a phone in the front of the car with them because it increases the chance of an accident, there are expensive fees to pay when texting while driving, and it is a major distraction.
Opposition
You may need to use your GPS on your phone to find your way.
Evidence 5
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