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Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on [#permalink]  07 Oct 2012, 04:44
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Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on drivers’ licenses of teenagers because teenagers lack basic skills. Even though drivers of age nineteen and younger make up only 7 percent of registered drivers, there are responsible for over 14 percent of traffic fatalities.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the argument that teenagers lack basic driving skill EXCEPT:

A. Teenagers tend to drive older and less stable cars than other drivers.
B. Teenagers and their passengers are less likely to use seat belts and shoulder straps than others.
C. Teenagers drive, on average, over twice as far each year as other drivers.
D. Teenagers cause car accidents that are more serious than those caused by others.
E. Teenagers are likely to drive with more passengers than the average driver.
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Re: Editorialist: Additional restrictions should be placed on dr [#permalink]  07 Oct 2012, 06:16
IMO Option E. E has no bearing on the conclusion. I think it neither strengthen nor weaken the conclusion.
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Re: Editorialist: Additional restrictions should be placed on dr [#permalink]  07 Oct 2012, 07:05
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IMO Option E. E has no bearing on the conclusion. I think it neither strengthen nor weaken the conclusion.

Why not B...i think both E and B are niether strenghthen nor weaken options...
whats the OA?
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Re: Editorialist: Additional restrictions should be placed on dr [#permalink]  07 Oct 2012, 08:59
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Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on drivers’ licenses of teenagers because teenagers lack basic skills. Even though drivers of age nineteen and younger make up only 7 percent of registered drivers, there are responsible for over 14 percent of traffic fatalities.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the argument that teenagers lack basic driving skill EXCEPT:

A. Teenagers tend to drive older and less stable cars than other drivers.
B. Teenagers and their passengers are less likely to use seat belts and shoulder straps than others.
C. Teenagers drive, on average, over twice as far each year as other drivers.
D. Teenagers cause car accidents that are more serious than those caused by others.
E. Teenagers are likely to drive with more passengers than the average driver.

clearly E. Number of passengers has no relation with driving skills.
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Re: Editorialist: Additional restrictions should be placed on dr [#permalink]  07 Oct 2012, 12:16
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we have to basically find the choice which either stenghten or which has no bearing on the conclusion.

Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on drivers’ licenses of teenagers because teenagers lack basic skills. Even though drivers of age nineteen and younger make up only 7 percent of registered drivers, there are responsible for over 14 percent of traffic fatalities.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the argument that teenagers lack basic driving skill EXCEPT:

A. Teenagers tend to drive older and less stable cars than other drivers.---so weaken because they dont lack skill it is just because cars are bad
B. Teenagers and their passengers are less likely to use seat belts and shoulder straps than others.so weaken because they dont lack skill it is just because they dont wear the seat belt
C. Teenagers drive, on average, over twice as far each year as other drivers.-----weaken--they drive more so the chane of accident increases
D. Teenagers cause car accidents that are more serious than those caused by others.--strenthen--they lack skill so they cause serious accidents
E. Teenagers are likely to drive with more passengers than the average driver.---weaken---they drive with more people so if one person causes the accident more people are affected... NOTE not most of the tenagers lack skill...

IMO D
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Re: Editorialist: Additional restrictions should be placed on dr [#permalink]  07 Oct 2012, 22:02
Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on drivers’ licenses of teenagers because teenagers lack basic skills. Even though drivers of age nineteen and younger make up only 7 percent of registered drivers, there are responsible for over 14 percent of traffic fatalities.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the argument that teenagers lack basic driving skill EXCEPT:

A. Teenagers tend to drive older and less stable cars than other drivers. /// this is giving you another reason for accident so it weakens the conclusion.
B. Teenagers and their passengers are less likely to use seat belts and shoulder straps than others. // Answer .This actually strengthen the argument saying that they don't use seat belts.
C. Teenagers drive, on average, over twice as far each year as other drivers. // (Strengthen)Another reason for more accidents => drive more => more accidents.
D. Teenagers cause car accidents that are more serious than those caused by others. // This is talking about the accident type , so it strengthens the argument against teenagers.

E. Teenagers are likely to drive with more passengers than the average driver. // Again other reason for more accident fatalities. If on an a teenager is driving with more people , the causalities will be more in case of accidents.

Argument says teenagers are not good drivers. The question stem is a Except type of question , in such question i try to find answers that satisfy the question sans the except part as it is easier to think that way. Please look at the above analysis.
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Re: Editorialist: Additional restrictions should be placed on dr [#permalink]  08 Oct 2012, 09:22
This is confused question, however, If we can discover the key word, the task is easier. In this case, the keyword is basic skill. To weaken the conclusion, we have to find the other one that not relate to basic skills. Only choice B is relate to the basic skill and it strengthen the conclusion. So, the answer is choice B.
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Re: Editorialist: Additional restrictions should be placed on dr [#permalink]  08 Oct 2012, 09:26
Should be D. All other options highlight a reason as to why the comparison might not be fair.
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Re: Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on [#permalink]  12 Oct 2012, 00:33
IMO D is the correct option, The argumentt seem to imply they lack skills and hence are a part of accidents....option d is just an restatement, hence it doesnt weaken.
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Re: Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on [#permalink]  26 Jan 2014, 10:53
Should be D...what is OA?

If not D then long long way to go
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Re: Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on [#permalink]  13 Feb 2014, 06:11
The answer should be D. Here's the reason.

The argument's perspective is this "Teens lack basic skills" he suggests that the lack of skills is the reason behind the elevated accident statistics.
To weaken the argument we need to introduce alternate causes for this trend.
Let's take a look

A. Teenagers tend to drive older and less stable cars than other drivers. attributes the cause to bad cars- weakens
B. Teenagers and their passengers are less likely to use seat belts and shoulder straps than others. Attributes cause to lack of wearing seat belts, NOT lack of skills : weakens
C. Teenagers drive, on average, over twice as far each year as other drivers. Attributes reason to longer travel - increased probability of accidents: weakens
D. Teenagers cause car accidents that are more serious than those caused by others. Doesn't do anything to weaken the argument: Correct response
E. Teenagers are likely to drive with more passengers than the average driver. attributes increase in number of traffic fatalities to the fact that more people travel in a car (one accident more fatalities) Weakens.

Therefore- D is the apt response.

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Re: Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on [#permalink]  14 Feb 2014, 09:34
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Editorialist : Additional restrictions should be placed on drivers’ licenses of teenagers because teenagers lack basic skills. Even though drivers of age nineteen and younger make up only 7 percent of registered drivers, there are responsible for over 14 percent of traffic fatalities.

Drivers up to age 19 - Constitutes 7% of the entire Drivers.

Drivers up to age 19 - Responsible for 14% of the traffic fatalities.

Each of the following, if true, weakens the argument that teenagers lack basic driving skill EXCEPT:

The Questions stem mentions - Weakens the argument except ........Hence the Question asks us to Strengthen.

A. Teenagers tend to drive older and less stable cars than other drivers.

Irrelevant.

B. Teenagers and their passengers are less likely to use seat belts and shoulder straps than others.

Irrelevant.

C. Teenagers drive, on average, over twice as far each year as other drivers.

Irrelevant.

D. Teenagers cause car accidents that are more serious than those caused by others.

Certainly this calls for putting some restriction on teenagers driving cars , hence strengthens the argument.

E. Teenagers are likely to drive with more passengers than the average driver.

Irrelevant.

Hence IMO
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