Persuasive Speech Plan: Driving While Texting

992 words 4 pages
Persuasive Speech Plan

Topic: Texting while driving is dangerous to you and others.

General Purpose: To persuade

Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience not to drive and text. When I have finished my speech, my audience will be able to see why driving and texting is dangerous to themselves as well as others.

Central Idea: Persuade others not to text and drive because it is very dangerous.

Persuasive Proposition: (Statement of Fact, Value, or Policy) Statement of fact and policies

Organizational Strategy/Pattern: Cause and Effect

Attempting to Change: (attitude, belief, value, behavior) Behavior and attitude

Passive Agreement or Immediate Action? : Immediate action

Main Points: Today I will persuade you
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a. Manual distraction is anything external to the driver that may take his/her hands off the wheel for whatever reason.
b. When the driver is manually distracted, his attention is focused on the manual task at hand rather than on the road in which driving errors are committed and important stimuli comes from the road are ignored.
c. Drivers who text have slower response and reaction time upon braking, reducing speed, and problems with staying in their lanes.


II. The National Safety Council indicates that more than 10 percent of all traffic crashes in 2011 involved about 100,000 drivers who were texting.
A. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that 515,000 people who texted while driving has put themselves and others in danger.
a. 47% of all adults who use text messaging say they have sent or read messages while behind the wheel putting themselves or others in danger.
b. 58% of all teenagers , ages 16-17, admitted that they “texted while driving”
B. While others have been in hurt by drivers who were texting.
a. Nationwide reports have shown that drivers who text have had about 10,000 car crashes between 2007 and 2009.
b. While 28 percent of all crashes in 2008 were caused by drivers

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