1. You tube video clip, “Dedicated to Loved Ones Lost” 2. Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2011.) II. Central Thesis
Drunk driving is an epidemic that continues to have severe and life threatening consequences for those involved, if we simply take a few steps against drunk driving we can help decrease this epidemic. III. Body
A. Need: Drunk driving occurs everyday, and many lives are taken because of one person choice. 1. Every 52 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash (10,288 people in total in 2012). (Madd.org “About drunk Driving”). 2. 900,000 people are arrested each years and 1/3 of those are repeat offenders. (drinkinganddriving.org “Drunk Driving Statistics”). 3. The annual cost of alcohol- related crashes totals more than $51 billion. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “ Impaired Driving: Get the Facts”). 4. An average drunk driver will drive drunk 87 times before being pulled over. (Word Press, “Statistics”).
B. Satisfaction: We all need to actively help prevent drunk driving.
1. Plan ahead.
a. Put money aside for a taxi.
b. Have a designated driver.
c. Have a back up designated driver.
2. Never let anyone drive drunk.
a. Offer to drive them home.
b. Offer to get them a taxi.
c. Stop being afraid to speak up.
3. Hosting a party
a. Make sure people are leaving with a sober driver.
b. Offer for them to have a sober driver take them home.
c. Offer for them to stay the night.
d. Take their keys.
1. If we actively start taking the steps planning ahead, not let anyone drive drunk, and if hosting a party make sure no one leaves drunk, then we are all helping to prevent more fatalities due to drunk driving. 2. If we don’t start preventing drunk.