Few truckers, but noisy protest over fuel prices

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Blame it on the high cost of fuel: Most of the truckers expected at a rally to protest high gas prices couldn't afford to drive to Capitol Hill.

More than 200 truckers were expected Tuesday, but fewer than 20 showed in the nation's capital for a rally against soaring pump prices.

Organizers say expensive travel costs were the reason for the low turnout, even if truckers are fuming about paying nearly double what they used to in recent years to fill up.

Members of Truckers and Citizens United who drove their tractor-trailers into Washington noisily honked their horns. The truckers are asking Congress to approve measures to bring down fuel prices. They also back new moves to promote offshore drilling.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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