Speech 1 T-Th 10:25
Specific Goal: I want my audience to sign up to be a designated driver.
1. On March 25, 2000, Audrey Kishline drove her pickup truck in the wrong
direction on Interstate 90. She struck a vehicle containing Richard Davis and his
twelve year old daughter,LaSchell, killing them both. Her blood alcohol level
was .26(three times the legal limit).
II. I know that we’ve all heard of similar stories; after all, drunk driving is the
nation’s most frequently committed crime(MADD 1996) , with one fatality every
thirty minutes and an injury every one minute,(National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration) so I’d be willing to bet that there isn’t a person in this room that
thinks drunk driving is o.k.
III. Though several preventive measures have proven effective(such as sobriety
checkpoints, lower blood alcohol concentration laws, and server training), there is
one thing that we, as individuals can do.
I. Lawmakers have enacted several drunk driving policies that have met with
A. Highly visible sobriety checkpoints have become more common,
especially during particularly dangerous holiday times.
1. The NHTSA has predicted that these could reduce alcohol
related fatalities by 15%.
2. Economically, the cost is a minimal $12,300 and would save
$86,400 per checkpoint.
B. Lowering the blood alcohol concentration level from .10 to ,08 has
saved more than 900 lives in California alone (Pacific Institute for
Research and Evaluation).
C.Server training programs have the potential to reduce night time DUI
injury crashes by 17% as 40-60% of intoxicated patrons drive after
consuming alcohol in bars, clubs, or restaurants. (PIRE)
II. The Designated Driver Program , which was started by MADD-Orange County
in 1989 is a two part program, according to Sandy Guttierrez of MADD-OC.
A. The Hospitality/Restaurant Designated Driving Program is a
partnership between a patron and the restaurant.
1. When more than one person in a party orders an alcoholic
beverage, the server alerts them to their program of having a
designated driver who receives all their beverages complimentary
and wears a identifying sticker or lapel pin to alert the other servers
not to charge them for their beverages or to serve them anything
B.The Individual Responsibility Plan is the second part of their program.
1. On the honor system, a person wears the identifie (pin or button)
signifying that they will not be consuming alcoholic beverages at
2.This is not the least drunk person, or the one who drank only
beer (80% of alcohol related fatalities were caused by people who
were only consuming beer). (Runge),2002
I. Being the designated driver is easy and free.
II. Designated Drivers don’t ever wake up with a hangover.
III. Nine out of ten Americans believe people should use designated drivers when
participating in events where alcohol is being served.
IV. With Memorial Day approaching, when 49.7% of the fatal crashes on the road
are alcohol related(NHTSA), I’d like to encourage everyone to have a great
time and either be the designated driver or have one in your party. Let’s all be
back here Tuesday morning after Memorial Day.
United States. Drunk Driving Statistics. <http;//www.nhtsa.gov>
Designated Drivers. http://www.maddorangecounty.org
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Thomson Gale. 17 May 2005
Gutierrez, Sandy. Personal Interview. 19 May 2005