Lexington gas prices hit $3.15

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Holiday travel has not been cheep as gas prices have been on the rise over the last few days.

We've confirmed stations in Lexington, Richmond, Nicholasville and Georgetown have raised the price of unleaded gas to $3.15 a gallon Monday.

Prices around the country have also been rising and the national average is above three dollars a gallon.

Local AAA officials are quick to blame rising crude oil prices. But the price tag on each gallon continues to surprise folks filling their tanks.

"Just realized they were $3.15, so they've jumped up quite a bit since the last time I filled up," explained John Mudd, who was gassing up at the Meijer in Hamburg. "I'm not to happy about it."

Many drivers out in Hamburg say they're shopping for post-holiday deals. They say when it comes to the pump, there are none to be had.

"It's pretty ridiculous; it's worse in Somerset, though," Terry Frank said.

Frank says the prices at the pump have effected her spending in retails stores because of how far she travels just to shop.

"It's an hour-and-a half, so that makes a big difference."

"It's ridiculous; you can't even afford to go to the grocery store; it's coming down to people choosing to put gas in their cars to go to work or eat," Joyce Mullins said.

"They're pretty expensive; I drove to Michigan over the weekend and spent $120 in gas," Brett Neely explained.

"With Christmas; I think they're just taking advantage," John Mudd said.

AAA officials say the holidays probably have little to do with the price hike and don't expect the prices to go down any time soon.

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