Persuasive speech on why its dangerous to text and drive at least 2 main points and a solution. Examples, statics, as well as facts to support/prove argument
In recent times, technology has become part of life. It has influenced our lives both in a positive and negative way. Use of smartphones and other handheld gadgets had increased significantly. Phone addiction has been on the rise in recent years with drivers not spared either. Teens, senior managers, and even truck drivers have been victims of this. They have suffered at least one distraction from their cellphones when driving. These distractions when driving have led to serious accidents, and in recent times the number of these accidents has increased. In a survey conducted by National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2008, in accidents involving a distracted driver 6,000 people died (NHTSA, 2015). These accidents have also left more than half a million people with injuries. These numbers have caused local and the federal government to get concerned and find ways to reduce risks involved in distracted driving and increase the safety of the drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Texting while Driving
One major distraction is the use of mobile phones when driving. Recent evidence has shown how dangerous mixing texting, and driving can be. According to the NHTSA, texting while behind the wheels leads to the eye of the driver off the road for about 4.6 seconds (NHTSA, 2015). Texting while driving has become the number one cause of accidents. It has even replaced drinking and driving as a leading cause of death on our roads, and in most cases, teenagers are the victims.
This behavior is due to an addiction to our phones. In a survey conducted by AT& T, almost half of drivers admitted the fact that they use their cellphones while driving and 90% of the drivers understand driving and texting is very dangerous (Young & Human Relations Media, 2015). The reason behind this irony according to experts is that each instance we get a notification or alert on the phone a signal gets sent to the brain which makes us feel anxious and happy.
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