Public Speaking Outline

I. Introduction A. Attention Getter: Imagine driving your car to pick up a friend from a party late one night. The streets are desolate as you pull out of your neighborhood. You are closing in on the first intersection. You do not accelerate because the light is red but you are not hitting your breaks because you can feel that it is about to turn green. Just before you begin breaking the light turns green again. You put your foot on the pedal, expecting to glide right through the empty intersection, unaware of the drunk driver that is perpendicular to you.

You are struck on the driver’s side, and within a blink of an eye your entire life is changed. B. Relevance Statement: Nine thousand eight hundred seventy-eight. That is the approximate number of people who lost their lives in the year 2011 to drunk driving automobile accidents. C. Credibility: In 2000, my father made the decision to drive a motorcycle after drinking many beers. On the road in front of our home he lost control of his motorcycle causing him to fall into the lane of oncoming traffic. Not only was I affected by my father’s decision to drink and drive, but so was the man driving in the opposite lane who hit him.

D. Thesis: To some people drunk driving can seem as of no big deal, but to others drunk driving is serious. Drinking and driving send a person through legal ramifications, emotional consequences, and financial turmoil. Transition: To begin, we will talk about the legal ramifications of drunk driving. II. Body A. First Main Point: Legal Ramifications A. 1. Evidence: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in people 20 and younger and people 21 and older. A. 1. a) Define BAC – A. 1. b) 20 and younger – The legal BAC for people 20 and younger is absolutely 0.

There is usually a zero tolerance for people under the age of 21 to have a blood alcohol concentration of anything, not only is it prohibited when a vehicle is involved, but it is prohibited when not mobile machine is involved. A. 1. c) 21 and older – The legal BAC for people 21 and older while driving a vehicle is less than 0. 08%. A. 2. Evidence: Getting caught while under the influence of alcohol can result in getting arrested and spending the night in jail. Also, it will undoubtedly result in a ticket which will stay on your permanent record.

Transition: Now that we have a better understanding of the legal ramifications that come with drunk driving, let us find out what emotional consequences are waiting. B. Second Main Point: Emotional Consequences B. 1. Evidence: As stated before in my introduction, it is not rare for people to be affected by drunk driving. If you happen to be the drunk driver, you could quit possibly take the life of another human being. Sitting in prison for vehicular manslaughter will only give you time to think about the life you took too soon. This cans end someone into deep depression, or even I some cases give them PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Transition: Now that we have seen what emotional consequences lie waiting, we can finally dip into the financial turmoil of drunk driving. C. Third Main Point: Financial Turmoil C. 1. Evidence: If you have had an accident as a drunk driver and you have taken the life of someone else or damaged property that belongs to someone else it is almost certain that you will be charged. When you are charged or even sued you will be sent to court, there you will need a lawyer. Paying tickets, paying court bills, or being sued will all leave you penniless. C. 2.

Evidence: No matter what kind of accident you get into those insurance companies love raising the prices for your mistakes. Getting into a car accident and being under the influence will send that insurance through the roof. III. Conclusion A. Thesis/Summary: Throughout this speech I have covered that drunk driving can send a person through legal ramifications, emotional consequences, and financial turmoil. Hopefully I have helped you see that nothing good can come from drinking and driving. B. Memorable Close: I do not yet have my memorable close. It will most likely be a quote from someone who experienced drunk driving first hand.