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State drivers get relief at gas pump

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Holiday travelers received some relief at the pump across Alabama, with prices dropping about 20 cents for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the past month.

The state average Monday was $2.83, a decrease of 19 cents from one month earlier, and about 4 cents higher than this time last year. Gas is about 19 to 25 cents cheaper across the state from last month.

The price at one station in the Huntsville metro area was down to $2.66 Monday.

“That’s a good sign because it means the rest of the state will follow soon,” AAA-Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram said.

He attributed Huntsville’s decline to consumers hunting for bargains when they fill up.

July 4 typically ranks behind only Memorial Day for the most fatalities on state roads over a 24-hour period, according to Alabama Department of Public Service records. DPS officials are predicting seven people will die on Alabama roads during the 30-hour Independence Day period, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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