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In order to lessen the risk of accidents caused by careless driving and jaywalking at a busy intersection, the town of Colvin plans to install electronic equipment for monitoring and recording the traffic at this intersection during the morning and evening rush hours. Detailed information about this plan has been published in local papers, announced on the radio, and sent directly to every home in and around Colvin.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most helpful in predicting how well the plan described above will work?

(A) The percentage of people living in and around Colvin who have been involvedd in accidents at the intersection.
(B) The opinion of the plan held by the majority of people living in Colvin.
(C) The speed limit for the stretch of road on which the intersection is found.
(D) The percentage of cars that drive through the intersection that are involved in accidents.
(E) The percentage of drivers who drive through this intersection that live in and around Colvin.
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In order to lessen the risk of accidents caused by careless driving and jaywalking at a busy intersection, the town of Colvin plans to install electronic equipment for monitoring and recording the traffic at this intersection during the morning and evening rush hours. Detailed information about this plan has been published in local papers, announced on the radio, and sent directly to every home in and around Colvin.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most helpful in predicting how well the plan described above will work?

(A) The percentage of people living in and around Colvin who have been involvedd in accidents at the intersection.
(B) The opinion of the plan held by the majority of people living in Colvin.
(C) The speed limit for the stretch of road on which the intersection is found.
(D) The percentage of cars that drive through the intersection that are involved in accidents.
(E) The percentage of drivers who drive through this intersection that live in and around Colvin.


I go with option E. Reason:

A -- We cannot help predict the success of the plan with the % or Colvin residents who have already been involved in accidents.
B -- Opinion cannot be used to predict. We need data.
C -- The speed limit for the stretch of the road cannot be used to predict anything.
D -- Again we cannot use this information.
E -- Yes, if the percentage of drivers who drive through the intersection is known then by broadcasting this plan to the local residents we could predict the success of the plan.
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I've seen some questions with this reasoning before. Go with E. agree with ezhilkumarank
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New post 05 Feb 2011, 13:32
I pick E.

The premise states that the information about the plan is only going to be sent to houses in and around Colvin. For this plan to work, those people who receive the information have to be relavant to the situation. In other words, they have to be driving through that particular intersection in order to care about the information that is been sent to them.
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New post 05 Feb 2011, 16:37
E as the correct choice has to include the drivers living in and around Colvin who drive through this intersection. A is limited in its scope by including only the drivers involved in accidents.
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Although the option I selected was correct, it was a fluke.

My understanding of the argument:
1. There is an intersection where a lot of accidents take place.
2. City plans to install equipment to monitor the traffic in the morning and evening.
3. This plan of monitoring and recording stuff is supposed to stop accidents.

We need to select an option that supports the fact that the plan will work. And then the options are five numbers - speed limit, percentages. Can someone please explain how these numbers would help towards the plan to be successful?
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Hi hdwnkr,

Premise 01: To reduce accidents (due to careless driving & Jaywalking) monitoring equipment planned to be installed

Premise 02: Information about this plan would be published and transmitted through appropriate medium to "LOCAL" population

Please note carefully the keyword I have highlighted.

This is evaluate the argument sort of question.

Answer choice E is correct because:

- If the number of driver passing through the mentioned busy junction not residing LOCALLY then the people driving through would not be aware of plan:
Result: Plan could fail

- If the number of driver passing through the mentioned busy junction residing LOCALLY then the people driving through would be aware of plan:
Result: Plan could succeed

Also note that in evaluate the argument questions you can check the answer choice by proving two polar opposite choices.

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I was originally confused by D because I interpreted it to mean that we would have the future statistics. Clearly the future stats would be most useful in determining success. But D is actually only referring to current stats which isn't relevant. What if it's 100%? What if its 1%? It doesn't tell us anything.
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skbjunior wrote:
In order to lessen the risk of accidents caused by careless driving and jaywalking at a busy intersection, the town of Colvin plans to install electronic equipment for monitoring and recording the traffic at this intersection during the morning and evening rush hours. Detailed information about this plan has been published in local papers, announced on the radio, and sent directly to every home in and around Colvin.

Which of the following pieces of information would be most helpful in predicting how well the plan described above will work?

(A) The percentage of people living in and around Colvin who have been involvedd in accidents at the intersection.
(B) The opinion of the plan held by the majority of people living in Colvin.
(C) The speed limit for the stretch of road on which the intersection is found.
(D) The percentage of cars that drive through the intersection that are involved in accidents.
(E) The percentage of drivers who drive through this intersection that live in and around Colvin.


Need to more emphasize on the distribution of detailed plan around Colvin...2 best contenders are A and E while in A scope is limitted.
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Thanks for the tips on how the information was helpful to derive the right choice.
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Hello GMATNinja VeritasPrepKarishma,

In option E, how will it "lessen the risk of the # of accidents due to jaywalking and careless driving". I somehow can't logically relate how information from Option E will help to solve the problem stated in the arguement

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I think a, d and e are strong contenders. Could you please xplain reasoning behind the correct choice e
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(A) The percentage of people living in and around Colvin who have been involvedd in accidents at the intersection.
-Doesn't help
(B) The opinion of the plan held by the majority of people living in Colvin.
-Doesn't matter
(C) The speed limit for the stretch of road on which the intersection is found.
-Could be, but we need more elaboration of this point, so this isn't it.
(D) The percentage of cars that drive through the intersection that are involved in accidents.
-Percentage could help monitor repeat offenders, but doesn't help the plan.
(E) The percentage of drivers who drive through this intersection that live in and around Colvin.
-The plan is announced to the public. If a large percentage of people from out of town drive through this intersection, then the plan won't work because those out of town drivers wouldn't be aware of the announcement. So, if percentage is low, plan will work. If not, it won't.

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