Carrie Brown Persuasive Public Speaking Outline I. Attention A. Attention Getter: During the summer of 2012 a woman name Jessica Cowan has been charged with the drunken driving murder of a 5 year old girl. The little girl was crossing the street hand in hand with her mother and sister when the woman ran the red light and hit her at a crosswalk in Santa Ana, California. Jessica Cowan is accused of trying to flee the scene but a witness prevented her from leaving. She is now facing 15 years to life in prison. B. Motive to Listen: Drunk driving is responsible for more deaths over the holidays than at any time of the year.
On New Year’s Day of 2008, 468 people in the U. S. were killed in car accidents. Alcohol-impaired driving contributed to 40 percent of them. According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) drunk driving remains a serious threat in Minnesota. Other states in the U. S. have experienced a drop in drunk driving over the past year but in Minnesota it has increased. C. Speaker Credibility: I’m almost always driving. Between school and work I drive at all times. I don’t want to have to worry about drunk drivers on the road especially when I have to work a closing shift at my job which usually ends at 1 or 2am.
Most drunk drivers are driving at night on their way home from a party or social event. D. Thesis & Signposting: Drunk driving is still a major problem today and tonight I will discuss the problems, consequences, and possible solutions. II. Need Step A. Statement of Need: People who are caught drunk driving should lose their license for a year and also be put on probation. Although taking they’re license won’t really stop them from driving jail time or probation can be a wake up call. I think this is a great way to get them off the road because if they do it once there’s no doubt that they won’t do it again.
If drunk drivers are taken off the road it will make the roads a lot safer and save many lives. If their license is taken away for a year they wouldn’t be able to get right back on the road and do it again and possibly kill someone the next time. A drunk driver shouldn’t get away with killing an innocent person. B. Illustration: In 2010, 10,228 people were killed and approximately 350,000 were injured. Each crash, each death, each injury impacts not only the person in the crash, but family, friends, classmates, coworkers and more.
According to MADD every 52 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunken driving crash. An average drunk driver will drive drunk 87 times before being pulled over. C. Ramifications: Although a first or second drunk driving charge is classified as a misdemeanor, a third offense is considered a felony crime. As a result, if you are convicted of a third or subsequent DUI, you’ll face the harshest penalties under state law. If this is your third offense, your sentence may include a $2,000 fine, mandatory license suspension, and one to five years of jail time. D. Pointing:
Drunk driving has been a problem in the United States since the first automobile was built. It didn’t become an important social issue until the 1980’s. Drunk driving is not only illegal in every state, but it’s also extremely unsafe to operate an automobile if you are under the influence of alcohol. When a person drinks, the alcohol is absorbed into their blood stream. Various tests have been designed to measure the level of alcohol in a person’s blood. Driving under the influence of alcohol is considered the nation’s most frequently committed violent crime III. Satisfaction:
A. Statement of Solution A way to prevent drunk driving would be to not have a lot of drinks if you’re going to have to drive yourself home. Also a designated driver, a person who isn’t going to drink should drive you home. People think it’s safe to take a taxi home but I think someone should still ride with you in a taxi. B. C. D. E. Refutation: On the other hand many people think drunk driving isn’t serious. They figure people are going to do it anyway and there’s no way to prevent it. Also some people think first time drunk drivers shouldn’t be imprisoned for a first time
IV. Visualization: V. Action Step: Drunk driving is still a major problem in the U. S. today. The holidays are approaching and a lot of people are going to be drinking and possibly trying to drive themselves home. If you can you should recommend they get a taxi or a designated driver. If they can’t get either one of those a friend or family member should step up and tell them to not drink as much. If they don’t toned down on their drinking maybe they shouldn’t even be drinking at all. Works Cited “Drunk Driving Accident Statistics: Alcohol-Related Car Crash Deaths. Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers – Pittsburgh Attorneys. N. p. , n. d. Web. 9 Nov. 2012. . “How dangerous is drunk driving?. ” Drug test, Ovulation kit, Pregnancy test by Medimpex.. N. p. , n. d. Web. 11 Nov. 2012. . “Louisiana DUI Consequences. ” DUI Laws and Consequences. N. p. , n. d. Web. 9 Nov. 2012. . “MADD -Drunk Driving. ” MADD -Mothers Against Drunk Driving. N. p. , n. d. Web. 9 Nov. 2012. . “The Consequences of DUI Conviction | Lawfirms. com. ” Find a Lawyer. Learn the Law. Get Legal Advice.. N. p. , n. d. Web. 9 Nov. 2012. . MLA formatting by BibMe. org.