Speech On Why Not To Speed

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For the next 7/10ths of a second I am going to take you through DEATH IN SLOW MOTION -- It's night, your tired, and your past your curfew, so your driving 55 mph on a dirt road which is not designed for that speed.

Your car reaches a curve in the road, but you make a mistake, to late, the car goes out of control and you hit a solid unmovable object. Such as a WALL. Boom, Bang, CRASH!! 1/10ths of a second: the front bumper and chrome grill collapse. Slivers of steel puncture the wall to a depth of 1 and a half inches. 2/10ths of a second: the hood rises, crumples, smashes into the windshield. Spinning rear wheels leave the ground. Your body continues to move forward at 55 mph - 20 times the normal force of gravity. You now way more that 3,000 pounds. Your legs ramrod straight and snap at the knee joints.

3/10ths of a second: your body is now off the seat torso upright, broken knees pressed against the dash. The steel frame of the steering wheel begins to bend beneath your death grip. 4/10ths of a second: the cars front 24 inches(2 ft.) have been demolished, but the rear end is still traveling at 35 mph - a city speed limit. 5/10ths of a second: your fear frozen hands send the steering column into almost vertical position. Jagged steel punctures your lungs and arteries. Blood spurts into you lungs. 6/10ths of a second: your feet are ripped from your tightly laced sneakers. The car begins its down -fall. spinning wheels digging into the ground. 7/10ths of a second: the entire body of the car is forced out of shape. In 1 last convulsion, the steel rams forward, pinning you against the cruel steel of the steering shaft. Blood leaps from your mouth. shock has frozen your heart, YOU ARE DEAD! Total time elapsed: 7/10ths of a second! That is DEATH IN SLOW MOTION - Author Unknown. Today I am going to teach about why you shouldn't speed. And no that isn't why you should - it is why YOU - yourself - should stop speeding. I am now going to read you a poem intitled "Moon Light Ride" it is also know as "Tell Mom and Dad I'M Sorry!" Jenny was so happy about the house they had found. For once in her life "twas on the right side of town. She unpacked her things with such great ease, as she watched her new curtains blow in the breeze. How wonderful it was to have her own room, school would be starting, she'd have friends over soon.

There'd be sleep-overs and parties she was so happy. It was just the way she wanted her life to be. On the first day of school, everything went great. She made new friends and even got a date! She thought, "I want to be popular and I'm going to be, because I just got a date with the star of the team!" To be known in this school you had to have clout, and dating this guy would sure help her out. There was only one problem stopping her fate, her parents had said she was too young to date. "Well, I just won't tell them the entire truth. They won't know the difference, what's there to lose." Jenny asked to stay with her friends that night, her parents frowned but said, "all right."Excited, she got ready for the big event but as she rushed around like she had no sense, she began to feel guilty about all the lies. But what's a pizza, a party, and a moonlight ride! Well the pizza was good and the party was great, but the moonlight ride would have to wait. Jeff was half drunk by this time but he kissed her and said that he was just fine. Then the room filled with smoke and Jeff took a puff, Jenny couldn't believe he was smoking that stuff. Now Jeff was ready to ride to the point but only after he'd smoked another joint. They jumped in the car for the moonlight ride, not thinking that he was too drunk to drive. They finally made it to the point at last, and Jeff started trying to make a pass. A pass is not what Jenny wanted at all, (and by a pass, I don't mean football.) "Perhaps my parents were right-maybe I am too young. Boy, how could I ever, ever be so dumb.

"With all of her might, she pushed Jeff away; "Please take me home, I don't want to stay." Jeff cranked up the engine and floored the gas. In a matter of seconds there were going too fast. As Jeff drove on in a fit of wild anger, Jenny knew that her life was in danger. She begged and pleaded for him to slow down, but he just got faster as they neared the town. "Just let me get home! I'll confess that I lied. I really went out for a moonlight ride." Then all of a sudden, she saw a big flash, "Oh God, please help us! We're going to crash!"She doesn't remember the force of impact. Just that everything all of a sudden went black. She felt someone remove her from the twisted rubble, And heard, "Call an ambulance! These kids are in trouble."Voices she heard-a few words at best. But she knew there were two cars involved in the wreck. Then wondered to herself if Jeff was all right, And if the people in the other car were alive. She awoke in the hospital to faces so sad, "You've been in a wreck and it looks pretty bad." These voices echoed inside her head, as they gently told her that Jeff was dead. They said "Jenny, we've done all we can do, but it looks as if we'll lose you too." "But the people in the other car?" Jenny cried, "We're sorry, Jenny but they also died."Jenny prayed, "God, forgive me for what I've done. I only wanted to have just one night of fun." "Tell those people's family, I've made their lives dim, And wish I could return their families to them."Tell Mom and Dad I'm sorry I lied, And that it's my fault so many have died. Oh nurse won't you please tell them for me?" The nurse just stood there ~ she never agreed. But took Jenny's hand with tears in her eyes, and a few minutes later, Jenny died. A man asked the nurse, "Why didn't you do your best, To bid that girl her one last request?" She looked at the man with eyes oh so sad "Because the people in the other car were her mom and dad." Author Unknown. Here is some eye opening statistics from the Parents Against Speeding Teens Website: 32% of all drivers 15 to 24 years of age involved in fatal crashes were speeding. Nearly 40% of male drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding. SHOW PICTURE 1 This WAS a mighty FINE lookin Ford Thunderbird at one time. But now it is a PIECE of JUNK. Here is story told by 17 yr. old Daniel - My cousins and 2 of our friends were taking the long way back from the mall. On the our way home I was goofing around and jumped the railroad tracks. Then my cousins told me about "Thrill Hill".

"Thrill Hill is a bridge on the borders of East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater in Massachusetts. It was poorly designed, so that a car going 40mph will go AIRBORN. So I decided to try it." But that is the last he can remember. So you can see what happens when you goof off. Now you are going to learn about how a friendship ENDED. SHOW PICTURES This is Jason and Ernie they were the best of friends and typical 16 year olds that went everywhere together. They had girlfriends, loved to skateboard and most of all loved music. But on a beautiful August afternoon, the boys did their last thing together, they DIED together. As most kids their age, they thought that nothing would ever happen to them. But IT DID. While traveling at a speed of about 110 mph, they struck an oncoming van. As you can see from this picture, their car was torn in half right behind the dash. Neither of the boys were wearing seat belt and they were ejected from the vehicle. Can you imagine anything more terrifying than flying through the air at over 90 mph with nothing but the hot, rough pavement to stop you? Ernie was killed instantly and Jason died in the helicopter on his way to the hospital. The drive of the van, Scott Bishop, a loving father of 2 baby boys, while never see his family again. He died on contact. This is a letter from Robert Smith, Jason's father - Dear Jason, For me to put down in words what I will miss about you would take as long as you had lived.

What I am really going to miss most, is YOUR FUTURE. I'm going to miss watching you grow up, finish school and see what kind of man you would have become. To see if I had done my job in teaching you what is important in life and how a man should be. I'll miss how many grandchildren you'd have given me and to see what wonderful of a dad you could have been. I'll miss everything that was in store for you. Jason, I miss you terribly. All my love, Dad. Dont end up like the. Drive carefully, wear your seatbelt and Please DONT SPEED. THANK YOU!!!!