Death on the Road
- On Wednesday,
May 21, Kasey Travis, a teenager from Odessa, Texas,
was jailed and charged with manslaughter in the death
of her classmate Amber Goolsby. According to the
official report, alcohol was a factor in the April
10th accident. Seventeen-year-old Amber Goolsby died
at the scene after the car in which she was riding
failed to stop at a stop sign, went airborne, and
struck a tree.
- The Texas
Alcoholic Beverage Commission is preparing to file
charges against three individuals for providing the
minors with alcohol. Odessa
- As tragic as this accident was, it
was only one of over 37,000 fatal traffic accidents that
occur in the United States every year.
- You know the statistics well. You
are an investigator with the U.S. Department of
Transportation. Your job is to analyze statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and prepare a report on traffic fatality
- Since raw data are difficult to
analyze, you have decided to calculate percentages
before you look for trends.
- Begin by opening the file
Traffic Fatality Statistics.
(This is a Microsoft
Word file.) Print a copy of the
form to use as you complete this activity.
- Note that the form has two parts.
The upper portion contains raw numbers (some of the
larger numbers have been rounded off to reflect their
lack of precision). The lower portion of the form is a
chart that you will complete.
- To fill in the lower chart, you
must either calculate the percentage that one number is
of another, or use a given percentage to calculate an
- Study the numbers in the upper
chart and determine which numbers you should use to make
- Try to complete the first column
without any help. Then, use the Percentage Calculator to make
sure you are calculating correctly. There are three
different kinds of percentage
problems that the Percentage Calculator can
help you with.
- When you have finished filling in
the chart, examine it carefully. Do you see any
trends--are percentages rising or falling over time, or
is there no trend at all?
- If you see any trends in the
percentages you have calculated, you should circle or
highlight the row in the lower chart that shows the
- Submit the "Fatal
Accident Data Analysis Chart"
to your supervisor (your teacher). Make sure that you
have indicated any trends that you observe.
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