Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

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Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

(A) equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as

(B) equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are

(C) equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as

(D) as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as

(E) as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are

Answer is E) and reason is cited as idiom: as X as Y.

But this sentence:

Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be  as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are the current one.

seems to be incorrect  in saying they (drivers) are the current one.

Please explain.

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as they are (to exceed) the current one. -“to exceed” is implied. (ellipsis).

Answered on January 3, 2017.
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