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State X spends more money on highway safety and maintenance during the summer months when traffic is heaviest and less during the winter months when traffic is lightest. Therefore, the average number of highway accidents per car should be lower during summer months than during the winter when less money is available for safety and maintenance.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?

(A) The price of gas rises during the heaviest traffic season.
(B) Traffic congestion significantly increases the likelihood of accidents resulting from road rage or inattention.
(C) Routine road maintenance projects completed during the summer months make roads and highways safer during rain and snow storms year around.
(D) Insurance companies reduce auto insurance premiums if drivers successfully pass safety training courses.
(E) Highway lane lines are repainted every year in state X resulting in safer nighttime driving conditions year around.
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26 Nov 2005, 07:39
B.

More cars, more accidents.
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26 Nov 2005, 11:47
yup it will be B.
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26 Nov 2005, 11:50
Going with B

Need to prove that summer is worse that winter.
Since summer has more congestion, we can show B is true.
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26 Nov 2005, 12:46
I struggled between B and C, yet I favor B.

Surely it can rain also in the summer months.
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27 Nov 2005, 16:42
A relatively easy one - B it is!
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27 Nov 2005, 16:57
It is "B"
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27 Nov 2005, 23:26
A - Out of Scope.
B - Correct. More Cars more accidents. Weakens the arg.
C - Support the arg.
D - Out of Scope
E - Out of Scope

Hence B.
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30 Nov 2005, 06:40
B is not the OA. Any other guesses?
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30 Nov 2005, 08:46
C is my answer.

C offer the posibility that the mantainance of the road during summer will improve the safety of road during winter.
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30 Nov 2005, 09:06
I narrowed it down to B and C and got B finally. I think C is a contender but it does not say anything about the accidents in summer.
30 Nov 2005, 09:06
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