Essay Texting and Driving
(Question of Policy to gain immediate action-
Monroe’s Motivational Sequence)
Patrick Lannan (Fall 2012) Texting & Driving
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience not value their lives more and not text while driving.
Central Idea: Today, I will discuss reasons why you should not text and drive, the consequences of what can happen when you do text and drive, and some statistics showing the injury and fatality rate of this dangerous act.
I. You are simply driving along a curvy two lane road on the way to a friend’s house. You hear the ding of your cell phone notifying you that you have received a text message. Regardless of the treacherous road you say to yourself, “I can answer it. I do it all the time.” You …show more content…
C. A report from Alberta’s Workplace Health and Safety confirms the death of a young landscaper working for the city of Edmonton, was caused by a distracted driver who never seemed to realize she had hit him. The landscaper was working on a clear and sunny day on July 24 when a Honda Civic crashed into him. According to witnesses, the young man was clearly visible. Some said the woman was holding a cell phone and seemed to be texting before getting out of her car. “The driver did not even know that she had crushed a landscape worker. There were no visible skid marks from the passenger vehicle. “This indicated that the driver did not attempt to stop before the crash.”
II. Texting while driving can cause severe injury.
A. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 515,000 people were injured in various car crashes in the United States due to texting. Around 28 percent of all crashes in 2008 were caused by drivers in the age group of 18 and 29, who admitted to texting while driving.
B. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. This causes a driver to