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Data Analysis for Public Policy and Management

Consider studying the need for policy on the problem involving increase in automobile accidents among teenage drivers. Identify potential relationships between variables that may exist. Define potential assumptions and units of analysis that may impact the study.

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These are facts about incidence of automobile accidents among teenage drivers:

CDC (2012) said that in 2010, 22% of drivers aged 15 to 20 involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes were drinking.

Other facts are from the Center for Disease Control and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control noted that:

• In a national survey conducted in 2011, 24% of teens reported that, within the previous month, they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and 8% reported having driven after drinking alcohol within the same one-month period.13
• In 2010, 56% of drivers aged 15 to 20 were killed in motor vehicle crashes after drinking and driving were not wearing a seat belt.
• In 2010, half of teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred between 3 p.m. and midnight and 55% occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park estimate more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide from texting and 300,000 injuries (Newsday, 2013).

A research conducted by Bailin (2013) found ...

Solution Summary

Accidents are prevalent among teenage drivers. It was found out that there is a significant relationship between the drunk driving, not wearing seat belt, among others, and teen automobile accidents. There are a number of assumptions used in this discussion that will explain automobile accidents among teenagers.