Gas Prices Soar

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

August 2, 2005

Even with AAA's reassurance, people hit the pumps tonight looking to fill up or top off before hitting the road for Labor Day. Travelers are leary of the road ahead.

They keep going up, and up, and up.

"We were out to dinner and we did notice that it went from $2.59 to $2.99 just while we were out to dinner," said Joyce Bir.

As we embark on the Labor Day holiday, so many people drive to their destinations. For some like Wayne Palmer of Scottsville, the trip just wasn't worth it.

"It is too expensive to take your family anywhere. If you go any distance, it will cost twice as much," he said.

AAA reports that gas prices rose $.20 overnight in Virginia. With the instability of the market, people are taking no chances.

"I am kind of scared that we are going to run out of gas. I am going to go home, I have some more gas cans at home, and we are going to fill them up too because you are never sure when you are going to run out of gas," said Glen Belew.

Glen Belew from Fluvanna owns his own business. He thinks he will need to raise his rates just to get by.

"I am going to have to raise the prices on my business just to get to the work," he said.

Some feel they just have no other options. Pam Coleman from CIncinnati just dropped her daughter off at Hampton University.

"It is a necessary thing. You will do anything for your children," she said.

Even with the higher prices, many believe people will not change their ways until it gets much worse.

"I mean, I don't think until it starts going up to $5 or $6 a gallon, people will start cutting back," said Laura Obann.

In these times, everyone seems to share the same sentiment.

"I hope that the prices of gas don't go to much higher," said Bir.

If drivers feel that they are a victim of price gouging, they are urged to call their state attorney general's office. Most states, including Virginia promise they will investigate each claim.

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