The Washington Times - April 21, 2011, 02:08PM

More people in the District, Maryland and Virginia are running out of gas this year than last year — a problem AAA Mid-Atlantic is attributing to the soaring price of fuel in our area.

The group says calls from stranded D.C. motorists are up 40 percent so far this month, compared to the same time last year. The rise corresponds to gas prices 21 cents higher in the District than the national average, which itself has increased 30 cents in the last month and is 98 cents higher than it was a year ago.

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AAA has dispatched road crews to rescue 516 motorists who have run out of gas in Maryland, where the number of such emergency calls have increased 36.8 percent, compared to the same time last year.

Roadside assistance crews in Virginia have delivered gas and diesel fuel to 376 motorists, up 27.5 percent so far in April.

Out-of-Gas Calls To AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Roadside Assistance Operations

(From April 1 to April 20, 2011, compared to same period a year ago)

Up 39 Percent in Washington, D.C.

Up 36.8 Percent in Maryland.

Up 27.5 Percent in Virginia