Gas Prices Flirt with $4


A price of regular gas is displayed on May 22, 2009 in Atlanta, GA.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Sticker shock at the pump is fueling some drivers into a rage!

Over the past few days, gas prices have inched closer to $4 a gallon in Northeast Ohio.

Friday afternoon, regular unleaded being sold for $3.89 a gallon at two gas stations on East 55th Street and St. Clair in Cleveland.

According to AAA, regular unleaded in Cleveland was averaging $3.30 just one month ago.

Although some analysts predicted prices to climb between $4 - $5 a gallon this summer, fuel costs started to tumble in May due to declining oil prices and a weaker demand.

Drivers say any time prices start to flirt with $4 a gallon, their habits start to change.

"As a college student, it really hurts. We got to pay for other stuff," said Brandon Byrd. "Those are California prices. This is the Midwest. How it could jump that fast in a month? I don't get it."

Another driver said, "It affects me and everyone else. It is what it is. What are you going to do?"

"We got to do what we got to do. We got to keep working, getting them hours to get this gas so we can get where we got to go," said Tanietra Bradford.

The highest recorded average price for Cleveland was in May 2011 when regular unleaded hit $4.15.

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