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Jump at the pump but more drivers on the road


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If you had to travel this weekend, then you probably noticed a spike in gas prices.

According to AAA, the national average for a gallon of regular is $3.64. Here in Lexington, the average is $3.63. But just last week, the average price per gallon of regular in Kentucky was $3.46.

Vacation season has arrived but not alone. It has come with hefty gas prices! But statistics show more people are indeed traveling.

"We don't have any reason right now to believe that that will change," said Niki Heichelbech, the director of media services with the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Just in time for the rise in temperature, gas prices have risen as well. In the past week, gas prices are up nearly 18 cents a gallon here in Lexington. The average now is at $3.63 a gallon after a survey of the 275 Lexington gas stations.

"Summer travel and increase in gas prices, so far we've not seen any indication that gas prices are affecting travel to Lexington whatsoever," said Heichelbech.

Increase or not, people are still hitting the roads. One woman traveling through Kentucky told us just that.

"I still have to go where I have to go, and I still have to put gas in my car to get there, so it doesn't really change it day to day," said Kate Burke, a driver passing through Lexington. "It doesn't change the fact that I've got to take my kids to baseball or where I go for a baseball tournament or where I'm going to take my kids to go play."

So are the gas prices really affecting anything but our wallets? The director of media services with Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau says no.

"Lexington is a very affordable destination for family travel, so right now things are looking good," said Heichelbech.

Overall, people are still taking their vacations despite the high price at the pump.

Illinois has the highest gas right now averaging at $4.08 for a gallon of regular.


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