Alabama Sixth for Decrease in Number of Miles Driven

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Federal Highway Administration says drivers in Alabama stayed off the road a lot more in June than they did during the same month a year ago.

With gas prices spiking, Alabamians drove 336 million fewer miles in June compared with a year ago. That 6.4 percent drop was the sixth-largest decrease in miles driven of any state, just as the summer travel season was beginning.

The agency's report Wednesday said Idaho ranked first, followed by Maine, Utah, Washington and Nevada. The largest decline in Alabama came on state rural roads, with 118 million fewer miles driven, a 7.8 percent drop.

State urban miles declined 5.7 percent, 107 million miles.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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