Alabama ranks 2nd in fewest miles driven in August

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama ranked second in the nation for its decline in the number of miles driven in August compared to August 2007.

Drivers in the state went 482 million miles this August, an 8.1 percent decline from August 2007.

Alabama trailed Florida in the percentage of decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Florida's decline was 9.7 percent. Clay Ingram, spokesman for AAA-Alabama, said people are driving less because of record-setting gas prices over the summer and declining economic conditions.

Ingram said, "Motorists have been looking for ways to spend less money.

One of the most popular methods has been to buy less gasoline by reducing the amount of driving from week to week."

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