Gas Pains! Ohio Sees Another Spike at the Pumps

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CLEVELAND — Fuel prices have once again peaked above $4 a gallon in some states, and it may be a sight of what’s to come to the Buckeye state.

According to AAA, Ohio drivers are paying about $3.85 a gallon on Monday – about 13 cents more than the average a week ago and about 25 cents more than what it cost a year ago. The national average was $3.86 on Monday.

“It fluctuates a lot. You’ve got to watch and watch where you stop and try to fill up when it’s low,” said Kelly Lada of Cleveland. “It’s something that we’ve got to buy to get around and get to work and live, so we’ve got to pay whatever it is. It’s a shame it keeps going up all the time.”

Analysts say Hurricane Isaac and recent conflict in Libya have contributed to the spike. Some say the price of fuel may continue to rise if tension in the Middle East continues to develop.

The highest national average for gasoline was $4.11 a gallon in July 2008, according to the Oil Price Information Service.

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