Why to Wear a Seatbelt Essay

Lindsey Monaco Thesis: why you should wear your seatbelt Specific purpose: to persuade everyone to always wear a seatbelt How to get audience’s attention: how many people think they’re invincible? / how many people always wear their seatbelt? 1- why it is relevant? – Everyone on and off campus has been inside a car before whether it’s their own or their friends and I’m sure the majority of people who live off campus now have their cars up here. – Why is this a good issue- I believe this is a good issue because not wearing a seatbelt is the most easily preventable death 3 main reasons why you should wear a seatbelt 1- Prevents death and injury 2- It’s the law 3- Saves money Transition: many people do not wear their seatbelt because they forget too or think it is too much of a hassle if they are in a rush – Say you crash going 30 miles per hour not wearing a seatbelt your body would be thrown with a force 30 to 60 times your own weight which can cause a very serious injury or even death. If you are in the front seat this most likely means you are being thrown through your windshield out of the car. If you are in the backseat this means you will probably hit the person sitting in front of you causing serious injuries to both you and the front seat passenger – Seatbelt use is the best defense against road hazards such as impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.

Even if your vehicle is caught up in a crash, wearing a seatbelt can keep passengers safe and secure within the vehicle and avoid being thrown from their vehicle – I know many of you probably think you don’t need to wear a seatbelt if your car has airbags but airbags are meant to work with seatbelts and if you crash and airbags deploy the force of them without the seatbelt restraint might kill you – according to national center for injury prevention and control “In 2010, about 2,700 teens in the United States aged 16–19 were killed and almost 282,000 were treated and released from emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes” – Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U. S. population. However, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females -This topic mainly applies to us because according to the national center for injury prevention and control stated that 77 percent of elderly adults involved in fatal crashed were wearing their seatbelts compared to the 63 percent of adults aged 18 to 64 who weren’t. Transition: If these reasons don’t make you want to wear your seatbelt than maybe saving some money will!

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As broke college students I think all of us are always looking for ways to help save and earn money – in an article by abc news it stated “A new federal study looked at the staggering cost of car crashes and found that they are costing $230 billion a year — $820 for every man, woman and child in the United States. ” -The study showed that the costs of car crashes could be cut in half if drivers drove sober, slowed down and buckled up – failure to wear seat belts led to $26 billion in costs – by wearing your seatbelt you can also save thousands of dollars in medical fees – in a recent article posted by insurance agents. com they state that if you get pulled over by the police and you are not wearing a seatbelt your insurance will find out about it which will in fact raise your insurance bills. – no one wants to have to pay long term for that ticket by spending more money on their insurance bills so buckle up for safety!

Transition: since wearing your seatbelt is illegal you can also save money on tickets – There are two types of laws for wearing your seat belt, primary and secondary – Primary allows law enforcement officers to ticket a driver or a passenger for not wearing a seatbelt without any other violation – Secondary law means police may only issue a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt when there is another citable traffic infraction – According to the Governors Highway Safety Association “Today 32 states have primary laws for the front seats and 15 out of that 32 has primary laws for the backseat also, 3 have secondary and the remaining 14 have no laws for the backseat. ” – In New York we have primary laws for everyone in the front seat and everyone under the age of 16 in the backseat – If you are ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt you would have to pay a 50 dollar fine.


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