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Persuasive Speech - Texting While Driving

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Texting While Driving

Do you know someone who texts and drives? Or do you do it yourself? I bet that everyone in

this room has done it at some point. In today's world texting has become the number one(1) way

of communicating among our society today. With our hectic lifestyles cells phones have became

a convenient way to communicate and stay in touch with people, although cell phones can be

very hazardous especially while driving and texting. Accidents have increased drastically since

texting has become more popular and people have taken chances of texting while driving. A split

sec taking your eyes off the road could cost you your life or someone else's. Some people think

that they can multitask while driving well the truth is you can't you have to take your eyes off

the road to read a text or text one and this poses great dangers to you and everyone else around

you. A person texting their eyes might be on the road, but the mind's focus is on what he or she

is going to reply in the message. Meanwhile, while they trying to make sure they hit the right key

or letter on their phone, they are not noticing everything going on in. There have also been

studies that compare text messaging on cell phones and other hand-held devices to driving drunk.

They did a study by rigging a car with a red light to alert drivers when to brake, the results are

pretty scary. Driving 70 miles per hour on a deserted air-strip the driver was slower and slower

reacting and breaking when e-mailing and texting, the results are

* Unimpaired: .54 seconds to brake

* Legally drunk at .08: add 4 feet

* Reading e-mail: add 36 feet

* Sending a text add 70 feet

According to a new study behavior texting, emailing, or facebooking is more dangerous than

previous thought. "Essentially Texting while driving doubles a driver's reaction time, Christine

Yager said" This makes a driver less able to respond to sudden roadway dangers. Text

Messaging has already been banned in 34 states and includes the District of Columbia and seven

(7) states have ban texting while driving for some motorist including those under 18 or bus

drivers, also in the country Britain if caught text messaging in driving you can be sentence up to

7 years in prision.

A new study, by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, shows that people who text while

driving are 23 times more likely to cause an accident than those who drive free of distraction.

The Virginia Tech study focused primarily on truck drivers, and measured the amount of time

drivers' eyes were diverted from the road while

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