Persuasive speech outline Essay

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Did you know that only 19 states and the District of Columbia have laws in place that require all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet? 19!? 28 states have laws covering some riders, usually people younger than 18. 3 states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire) that do not have any helmet requirements at all. I find it odd that we all are required by law to wear our seatbelts and put our children in safety seats, but somehow motorcycle riders arent required to wear a helmet. ? ? maybe you are like me¦you dont ride a motorcycle but you think its only common sense to wear a helmet if you did.

Well according to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety . . . when given the free choice HALF of all motorcycle riders will choose not to wear a helmet! CENTRAL IDEA And thats why I think its important to implement mandatory motorcycle helmet laws across the country. Because these laws get riders to wear the helmets that can save their lives. Transition (Includes three main points): To convince you of this, I want to talk to you about¦ I. How laws have changed and how those changes impact helmet use II. Discuss the opposition to helmet laws. III.

Show you some of the extensive research regarding fatalities/injuries/costs with respect to helmet use. BODY Lets begin by looking back in time . . . I. Motorcycle helmet laws have quite a history of change A. If we start in 1976 we find that all but three states had universal helmet laws in place. B. But in the years since several states changed lanes on their motorcycle helmet laws with some repealing all or parts of their law and some reinstating laws C. So what does all this change matter, anyway? a. It has made it possible for researchers to document the real actual impact that helmet laws have had in the past 30 years.

b. Repeatedly, the effect is the same, no or fewer laws enforcing helmet wearing means increased motorcycle rider fatalities i. Less law requirement = less helmet wearing = more deaths D. And thats the very real cost to you and me fewer Dads, uncles, sons, nephews (90% of all killed are men) Transition: But why? Why on earth would we weaken or get rid these laws when we know that they prevent deaths? II. Lots of motorcycle riders vehemently oppose these laws A. They are passionate and vocal. They turn out in large numbers and ride their bikes around Washington DC and state capitols.

They walk the halls of legislatures and knock on doors lobbying against helmet restrictions. B. But safety is not the point that motorcycle rights activist groups are arguing: its freedom a. The government shouldnt tell us what to do b. Its so un-American its embarrassing i. Freedom fighters c. it is my personal choice to make i. Courts have time and again stuck down this individual argument 1. Public roads 2. No insurance=Govt funded hospital bills and disability benefits a. IIHS backs that up by reviewing 25 studies and concluding that just over half of riders involved in accidents had private health insurance Transition:

So, lets take a quick look at the safety issue that the freedom fighters cant refute. III. The solution is already documented: A. A report released by the CDC on June 15 offers some of the most compelling current data on this topic. Its worth taking a look, you can find it at http://www. cdc. gov a. They analyzed a tremendous amount of data from numerous government sources spanning 2008-2010 and showed us findings like these: B. Motorcyclists account for 14% of road traffic deaths even though motorcycles constitute just 3% of registered vehicles.

C. Economic costs saved in states with a universal helmet law were, on average, nearly four times greater than in states without such a law. D. The CDC report concluded with this rather lengthy but impactful statement: a. Helmet use is estimated to prevent 37% of fatalities among motorcycle operators and 41% of fatalities among passengers (4). NHTSA estimates that in 2010, helmet use saved the lives of 1,544 motorcyclists, and an additional 709 lives might have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets (NHTSA, unpublished data, 2012).

With motorcycle ownership at an all-time high .. . motorcyclerelated deaths and their associated costs are expected to remain at high levels unless more effective protective measures are implemented (10). Helmets are proven to save lives and money, and universal helmet laws are the most effective way to increase helmet use (3). CONCLUSION Transition: I hope you agree with them, and me that a mandatory motorcycle helmet laws work and should be enacted in all 50 states. I. The history of changes in the laws have given us real data that demonstrates the correlation between laws, helmet wearing and lives lost.

II. While I think many of us admire the spirit exhibited by our very vocal motorcycle riding community I dont believe that their personal freedom argument is strong enough to refute III. The very clear evidence that if we want fewer motorcycle fatalities we enforce helmet wearing by making it the law Luckily here in North Carolina we already have the universal law in place. However efforts to repeal that law are already being organized by motorcycle activist groups like BOLT and ABATE. Too keep our laws, lives and cost savings intact we have to be vocal too.

Write to your representatives and let them know NCs law should not be repealed or watered-down. Let them know that they have your support in addition to the support of the CDC and NHTSA.

REFERENCES Naumann, R & Shults, R. (2012, June 15). Helmet Use Among Motorcyclists Who Died in Crashes and Economic Cost Savings Associated With State Motorcycle Helmet Laws ” United States, 20082010. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Vol. 61 / No. 23.

Retrieved from http://www. cdc. gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6123a1. htm?s_cid=mm6123a1_w Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (2012, May). Q&A: Motorcycles ” helmets. Retrieved from http://www. iihs. org/research/qanda/helmet_use. aspx Yaukey, J & Benincasa, R. (2008, March 26). Motorcycle deaths rose as states rolled back helmet laws. Gannett News Service. Retrieved from http://gns. gannettonline. com/apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20080326/MOTORCYCLE/803210302 Sanfelipo, T. (2009, January) Position Statement. Retrieved from http://usff. boltusa. org/usff. com/BOLT/home. html#position.

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