Gas prices in Lexington spike more than 35 cents overnight

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Over the weekend, gas prices around Lexington could be found as low as $3.08. But Tuesday, drivers noticed a steep hike at the pump.

“At this point, it's so high that I don't even look at it half the time. I just have to swipe my card, get what I need and move on," says Jon Eagin, a driver.

The cost of gas in Lexington, and most of Kentucky, has been on a steady decline over the last couple of weeks. That is, until Tuesday, when prices that were once as low as $3.08 jumped to $3.45.

While it’s normal to see small hikes in gas prices, AAA officials say it is unusual to see such a large jump overnight. They say the reason for the spike more than likely has to do with the government shutdown.

“Anytime there's a problem that raised political concerns, whether it's here in the U.S. or oversees, people start to speculate on the price of oil. It's a real indicator and it's something that's very quick to change," says Christopher Oakford, AAA Spokesperson.

AAA officials say once the government goes back to work, gas prices will probably drop back down.

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