Persuasive Speech Sample
This short persuasive speech sample was sent in by a visitor to this website - Travis R, from the United States. Designed to persuade the audience NOT to use cell phones whilst driving, it uses facts to support the argument against cell phone use and ends on a though-provoking note, designed to appeal to the listeners' emotions.
Thank you, Travis, for sharing your speech, which I'm sure will inspire others as they work on creating their own.
Beginning of Persuasive Speech Sample
Cell Phone Use While Driving
Why should the use of cellphones while driving be banned?
The reason why cell phones should be banned while driving is that the majority of our drivers today are young teens and adults who are still learning the rules of the road. Many accidents are caused by the misuse of a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
In 2011, 350 fatal car crashes from the misuse of cell phones were recorded and the number continues to increase. This can be prevented if cell phones are just turned off and put away while driving. It's time to make a change and start cracking down on the safety of our roads.
I argue the fact that cell phone companies are coming up with new ways of using cell phones while driving, like hands free headsets, or built-in Bluetooth in manufactured cars. This shows young adults that it's OK to use cell phones while driving, and above all the new technology encourages young adults to use cell phones while driving.
Why shouldn't the phone companies be punished or regulated?
Perhaps people of a certain age should only get a certain type of phone, which could determine if they're driving or not depending on location. Furthermore, why don't parents talk to their kids about road safety and the proper way of using cell phones?
Ask yourself this - are you the one who will use a cell phone while driving? Or are you the one who will be able to go home and be with your family? There's always a choice... you'd better ensure that you make the right one.
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Texting while driving
Texting while driving is one of the worrying trends in the society, both teenagers and adults have developed a habit of using cell phones while driving. Texting while driving causes distraction and increases their chances of getting involved in car accidents. Such concerns have been raised by various government authorities, in trying to prevent such occurrence new laws have been enacted making cell phone use in cars illegal. However, not many people follow these laws, most people text and drive, assuming that they can pay attention to other cars. You often see people, texting or going through their phone while driving
Cell phone use while driving is the major cause of fatal accident, leading to several deaths. Despite these concerns, people are still fixated on their phones that are dangerous to not only the driver but also other road users. According to the recent road statistics, more than 22 recent of fatal road accidents are caused by teenagers using their cell phones while driving. Distraction on the roads is caused by teenagers who have confidence that they can text or talk on the phone while driving. More than 5,000 people have died last year due to text driving; these accidents are mostly caused by teenagers under the age of 21 years.
The dangers of texting while driving includes thousands of people dying annually as the number keep on increasing because texting is becoming popular. Even though fifty states have enacted laws that prohibit texting while driving, many of these laws are not reinforced by the lawmakers to limit the number of accidents that occur annually.
Stakeholders are calling for strong action and alternative programs to minimize road accidents. Currently, only 35 states the US have completely banned texting for all its road users, but this is not enough to curb the problem. There is the need for a nationwide ban on texting driving as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. Laws were banning texting while driving will save many lives in America. With the new trend of texting close to 5,000 deaths and numerous injuries have been caused by distracted drivers. It is imperative that the government should take stricter action to minimize the increasing death caused by young drivers. To effectively eliminate this vice, it is necessary for the government to enact unifying laws and stricter punishment for those who text while driving.
These new laws need to ban text driving for everyone not just young drivers because texting driving has similar effect on everyone. There should be no objection to laws for texting while driving. Each state needs to have similar laws against texting while driving, Massachusetts laws on texting while driving should be a model for other states. Massachusetts has the strictest laws on road safety. Punishment for those found texting while driving should be stiffened to push people to dig deeper into their pockets to pay more.
Fine alone is not enough; stricter regulation should include license suspension to make people keep off their phones while driving. Besides enacting new laws, alternative road safety programs need to be initiated to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving more so on texting. The government needs to pass laws that make it compulsory for everyone to take distracted driving lessons. A national ban combined with alternative road safety programs will reduce the number of accidents caused by text driving.