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Holiday Travelers Feel The Pain At The Pump

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Many people are on the road traveling to their Thanksgiving destination, but with the price of gasoline at more than three dollars a gallon some are staying a little closer to home this year.

Holiday traffic can be a pain, especially when idling eats up expensive gas.

Travelers like William Smith of Perry County are changing their plans to adjust to prices an average of 80 cents more than this time last year, “I'd usually go, try to go up to Canada somewhere like that up there, if I had enough money,” Smith said.

This year he's taking a four hour trip to Clark County, Kentucky instead.

But not everyone can cut their budget by cutting travel plans.

“What are you going to do? If you want to go visit your relatives, you're going to go. Doesn't really matter what it costs,” Nicole O’Brien said.

As experts predict prices to raise even more, some drivers say if there's a shorter route to a place to give thanks, they're taking it.

Experts say gas prices are up because of the weakening U.S. dollar, problems at oil refineries, and concerns that there may be an oil shortage in some parts of the world this winter.


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