DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Public Interest Research Group says Americans are driving less and that Colorado is leading the way.

CoPIRG released a study this month showing the number of miles driven nationwide dropped six percent since 2003. The miles driven in Colorado dropped 10 percent during that time.

The trend is most pronounced in people under 24 who are driving 20 percent fewer miles these days.

“More and more young people are giving up that trip to see their friend because they can talk to them online, they can talk to them via Skype or Facebook. So we’re seeing more and more young people turn away in that sense.” Danny Katz with CoPIRG said.

CoPIRG says it will use the findings to lobby lawmakers to spend more money on public transportation and bikeways instead of roads.


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