Pain At The Pump

by WHIZ Reporter on February 20, 2012 at 4:38 am

Gasoline prices are up more than a dime from last week at pumps in Zanesville and the rest of Ohio.

The state’s average price for regular gas was $3.45 in today’s survey from auto club aaa, the oil price information service and wright express. That’s up 12 cents from the average of $3.33 per gallon a week ago.

We found gas this morning at the B.P. on Maple Avenue at $3.49 a gallon and at the Exxon Mobil station off of I-70, gas was $3.39 a gallon.

Motorists we talked to expressed their frustration with the rising prices.

"It’s pretty frustrating! I take my daughter to school out of district and so that adds to it a little bit," said motorist, Jessica Price. "Even just doing the basics, not driving any further than you have to, it really puts a strain on things."

"I wish they would just go back to $2.00 a gallon. Of course, that’s probably going to be impossible with the way the economy is, said Slendra Brewster. "It’s just like, people have to get back and forth to wherever they’re going, and a lot of people can’t afford to buy gas for their cars."

Larry Adams said, "Sometimes I have to choose between dinner, and fuel."

"Gas is just a very sensitive, touchy subject for everybody, said Mother Tucker’s Employee, Jim Pitcock. "It’s a tough subject, I wish it was cheap for everybody, but, it is what it is."

Drivers were paying an average of about $3.10 at this time last year, before prices climbed to record highs. Some analysts believe gas prices may hit new highs in the next few months.

Oil prices have climbed to their highest level this year amid expectations that supplies will tighten in the spring. There’s concern that the international dispute over Iran’s nuclear program could slow oil supplies from the middle east.