Prices increasing at the pump for Memorial Day Weekend travel

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - As people remove their receipt from the gas pump, it's a sight they don't want to see as gas prices continue to rise in Georgia and throughout the United States.

The national average for a gallon of gas hasn't been three bucks in four years. Right now, Georgia is averaging $2.85 a gallon. That's a 63-cent increase from this time last year.

South Carolina and Florida aren't far behind the $3 mark, either. South Carolina's average is $2.66 and Florida is averaging $2.92 a gallon.

While Memorial Day travelers are affected by the high prices, so are local workers.

One man said prices are so high his work commute is being affected.

"They are ridiculously high. And it makes it a lot harder for working-class people, such as myself, to get back and forth to work. Uh, it's almost costing me a fortune to get back and forth to work," Kelvin Smith said.

Smith said the high prices are causing him and others to stay home this holiday weekend.

AAA estimates nearly 41.5 million Americans will travel by vehicle this holiday weekend. That's up five percent from last year.

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