Persuasive Speech For School

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Submitted: October 26, 2013

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Submitted: October 26, 2013

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Topic: That the legal driving age in Australia should be raised.

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Good morning/afternoon Mrs Anderson, and classmates.
When I was finally tall enough, I insisted that my mother take me to DreamWorld so I could finally ride on one of the roller coasters.
But, in the queue, I started to chicken out – and my mother told me that more people died or were injured on roads, not roller coasters. 
And, it's true. 
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According to RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria), 4 800 Australians will be involved in road crashes in the next 24 hours – 550 will be injured and 4 will die. 
Since 1990, an average of 30 000 people have been a casualty of car crashes, with 1308 fatalities (deaths) in 2012 alone. 
An extremely high percentage of those involved on behind the wheel will be aged under 25. 
Why are young people so reckless? 
Studies have shown that the part of the brain that deals with rational thought and decision making, the prefrontal cortex, isn't fully developed to the 20s, even 30s. 
Many young people are still developing maturity – especially males -, hazard perception and decision making skills, and this, too, leads back the the undeveloped prefrontal cortex. 
I urge you – we must raise the legal driving age in Australia! How can we let this naïve joyriding continue? How can we let more young people add to the already growing list of deaths on roads?
The are too highly represented in the saddening statistics which I mentioned before. 
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Of course, it would be unfair for me to accuse every licensed young person of dangerous driving – but the facts are against them! Drink driving, using mobile phones, speeding and their new sense of carelessness 'freedom' are putting our young people – and all road users – in danger!
I cannot exaggerate this issue enough. We must raise the legal driving age in Australia – or more young people will continue to die on roads; but not roller coasters.    
 
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A/N: Thank you! Hope it was okay. :)
 


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