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June 29, 2007

Albany--With just a few days to go until Independence Day, many south Georgians are choosing not to travel for the holiday.

That's quite a change from a month ago when drivers hit the roads in record numbers for Memorial Day.

Many south Georgians are staying put this Independence day. The reason is simple.

"I'm not going anywhere because I can't afford it," says Candince Chapman.

And she isn't alone. A recent survey by the National Retail Federation found that about forty percent of consumers will drive less this July Fourth holiday.

"At least I can barbeque at home, instead of going out of town and visiting family and friends, so that'll save gas," says Chapman.

Even though gas prices have slowly dropped recently, the survey also found that many drivers expect them to climb above three dollars by the time Independence Day rolls around.

"Of course, it's the holidays," says Chapman.

"I spend all my money on gas," says Allen.

It costs Byson Allen about $150 every few weeks to fill up his Hummer.

"It gets like 12, 14 miles per gallon which is awful," says Allen.

Like other south Georgians, Allen and his family are also staying home this fourth of July.

"It saves us a lot of money. I don't think that many people will be going many places," says Allen.

With gas prices averaging $2.87 a gallon in the Peach State, many drivers have lost hope that gas prices will drop much ever again.

"With the economy the way being the way it is, they're not going down," says Chapman.

With the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday this year, fewer people are making long, out of town trips.

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