Holiday Travelers Unhappy About Recent Gas Price Hikes

By Craig Hoffman

(LOUISVILLE, July 2nd, 2004, 5 p.m.) -- People filling their gas tanks at Kentuckiana pumps Friday were spending an extra dime or more per gallon than they did only two days ago. As WAVE 3's Craig Hoffman reports, even though the higher prices hurt, most people's travel plans won't change.

Holiday travelers are off and running to see family and friends this 4th of July weekend. One of the biggest topics of conversations for folks headed out of town: the big spike in gas prices in the past two days.

Stewart Powell from Memphis, Indiana is angry about the high gas prices. "What I think is going on is called price fixing. I don't see how the price of fuel has jumped that amount -- and it's a big coincidence for this being the July 4th weekend for it to go up 13 cents. I think it's ridiculous."

And he's not alone. We caught up with Terry Lewis from New Albany as he was pumping gas at the Chevron on Brook Street in downtown Louisville. "It's just too high. I put $10 in here, and I barely get a half-tank of gas. Normally I put $20 in and get a full tank. Now it costs me $30.

Despite the frustration, nationwide an estimated 34 million people will hit the road during the July 4th holiday. And they'll pay an average of about $1.90 per gallon of gas.

Naturally, people are unhappy about the high prices, but admit there's little anyone can do about it.

Daniel Kline says he just wants to get out on his boat, relax, and fish. "I don't think it's going to change. I think it's going to keep going up and down. With my car and my boat, I am looking at about $110 to fill up. That's two days on the water ... toys are expensive."

For those on the roads and waterways, law enforcement officials are urging people to have fun -- but be careful. And police will be out in force to make sure this holiday is as safe as possible.

Online Reporter: Craig Hoffman

Online Producer: Michael Dever