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Steven: The allowable blood alcohol level for drivers should [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2005, 19:25
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Steven: The allowable blood alcohol level for drivers should be cut in half. With this reduced limit, social drinkers will be deterred from drinking and driving, resulting in significantly increased highway safety.

Miguel: No lowering the current allowable blood alcohol level would have little effect on highway safety because it would not address the most important aspect of the drunken driving problem, which is the danger to the public posed by heavy drinkers, who often drive with a blood alcohol level of twice the current legal limit.

Steven and Miguel’s statements provide the most support for that they would disagree about the truth of which one of the following statements?

(A) Social drinkers who drink and drive pose a substantial threat to the public.

(B) There is a direct correlation between a driver’s blood alcohol level and the driver’s ability to drive safely.

(C) A driver with a blood alcohol level above the current legal limit poses a substantial danger to the public.

(D) Some drivers whose blood alcohol level is lower than the current legal limit pose a danger to the public.

(E) A driver with a blood alcohol level slightly greater than half the current legal limit poses no danger to the public.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 02:39
I narrowed to D and E. Answer should be E.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 05:20
E it is.......read th question wrong
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 07:46
A.

Steven's argument is that by altering the blood alcohol level of social drinkers, it would server as a deterrent and one could significantly impact public safety.
Miguel's argument is that even if you altered the blood alcohol level, there would still be some heavy drinkers who would impact public safety. So, they disagree about Social drinkers and the resultant public safety threat. One says, you change blood alcohol limit then they would not pose any probs and the other says they would still be a problem to public safety.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 08:31
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the question, as per my understanding, is to select a statement on which both of them would disagree(with the statement...not with each other)
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 08:59
Yes, but the statement must be derived based on the statements in the argument.

E) A driver with a blood alcohol level slightly greater than half the current legal limit poses no danger to the public.

In E, a statement is being made about slightly greater than half the current legal limit, which is not discussed in the argument. We cannot say if they would agree or disagree to it. All Miguel says is that heavy drinkers with twice the blood alcohol amount pose a serious threat. From this statements about slightly above half the current limit cannot be derived.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 10:50
I believe it is (A).

Steven says that the peple who drink socially and drive pose a danger.

Michael says that it is not who drink socially but those who are heavy drinkers. These people dont care for the level of alcohal and would violate no matter what the legal limit for the alcohal is.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 19:16
What is this question asking for ?
"Steven and Miguel’s statements provide the most support for that they would disagree about the truth of which one of the following statements?"
Provide the most support for what ?

Is it me, or is it the phrasing of the question ?
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 19:25
ywilfred, I agree : the question is not clear enough

disagree between each other OR both disagree the chosen statement

If it's about "disagreement between each other", I would have chosen D

Please OA :idea: :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2005, 23:11
I think this question asked the disagreement between each other.

anandnk & prep_gmat gave us an explanation.

That's whether these drunken drivers themselves pose a substantial threat to the public even if high blood alcohol level exists.


OA is A.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2005, 09:40
prep_gmat, anandk
whats wrong with D.

Some drivers whose blood alcohol level is lower than the current legal limit pose a danger to the public.

Miguel believes that lowering limit to half will not help,
Steven says it will.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2005, 19:35
D is wrong as you may still pose a danger even when you're below the blood alcohol level (maybe you drunk just enough to get tipsy but not fail the blood alcohol test)
That is why steven proposed cutting the lmit by half
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