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Few Motorists Means Less Cash for Indiana

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Fewer vehicles on Indiana roads this summer means less money for road repair work.

The price of gasoline is less than four bucks a gallon in most parts of Indiana, but that’s still high enough to force some motorists to drive less.

The Indiana Department of Transportation estimates there’s been a 5 percent decline in the number of miles driven this calendar year.

That means less money for Indiana cities and towns for road repairs. Why? Because for every gallon of gas sold in Indiana, 18.4 cents goes to the state’s Motor Vehicle Highway fund for road repair work, which is about average for most states.

Already, the state is seeing a $17 million shortfall this year. That means every county in Indiana will get less money to work with next year to fix roads.

But a spokesman for AAA Hoosier Motor Club says while the state may be hurting for the cash, Hoosiers are spending more of their money closer to home, and that’s helping businesses overall.

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