Texting and Driving Should be Stopped

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Attention getter: Imagine you were driving and suddenly you get a text message. Hearing the text message ringtone makes you start thinking about who sent the message and what the text is about. You eventually decide to pick up your phone and start texting, next thing you know you got hit by a car.

Relevance: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nearly 500,000 young adults are injured each year due to distracted driving, with texting and driving even more deadly than drunk driving. Our society is one where multi-tasking has become second nature and communication is instant resulting in people being overly confident in their ability to ‘safely’ text while driving.

Credibility: The reason why I am giving this speech is because, I have had a friend that was injured due to someone texting and driving. Reducing texting while driving can save many people’s lives.

Preview: Today I will be talking about: The severe dangers of dangers of texting and driving, What can we do to stop it from happening and persuading everyone to stop texting while driving.

Transition: First I will inform you on how dangerous texting and driving is:


A. According to Texting and Driving Statistics: Texting Thumb Bands website, The minimal time your attention is off the road while texting is 5 seconds, which at a speed of 55mph you would have traveled the length of a football field without looking at the road.

B. Here are some frightening facts according to StopTextsStopWrecks.org:

  1. Distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens
  2. A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texter.
  3. Texting while driving is 6 times more dangerous than driving while being drunk.

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