Pain at the Pump Continues

by Ashley Zilka on March 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

Pain at the pump continues for local residents here in Zanesville and the rest of the country.

Experts say Ohio motorists are paying almost 50 cents a gallon more for gasoline than they were a month ago after an eight cent jump in pump prices over the past week.  Local resident Chris Brown says increasing gas prices are affecting his whole family.

"We are going on vacation this summer. We didn’t change our plans as far as that is concerned. We have a son away in college, and we wanted to go visit him. We are not going to as a family. It almost seems like it’s cheaper to fly than it is to drive because of the price," said Brown.

The latest survey from Auto Club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service, and Wright Express puts the state’s average price for regular-grade gas at about $3.55 a gallon, up from $3.47 last Monday.  Local Henry Boles says our way of life will have to change if the prices continue to go up.

"You can’t afford it. You have to put your priorities in line, and food and medical are the first ones. Gasoline…a hundred years ago, we walked every place we had to go. It may go back to that, and then price of shoes will go up," said Boles. 

Experts say Ohio gas prices are the highest they have been since the Fall of 2008.