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Truck Drivers Threaten to Strike April 3

Some truck drivers are planning a strike to protest diesel fuel costs. Some truck drivers are planning a strike to protest diesel fuel costs.

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Rising gas prices are something we're all dealing with, but if you think filling your gas tank is hard, try paying more around $4 a gallon to a fill a 100-plus gallon tank.

That's what many truck drivers are shelling out for diesel fuel. They said it's too much and it's time they take a stand. Some drivers say they'll park their trucks on April 3. They want lawmakers to temporarily remove the federal and state taxes on diesel fuel until shipping rates can catch up to the cost of fuel.

Today, their trucks are rolling down the highway, but soon they may not be and we could all be feeling the effects.

"For the first couple of days, they may be going to the supermarket and getting the things they need, but after three to four days of striking, it's going to be like when a hurricane or a tornado comes through town," said truck driver Jimmy Evans from Washington, Georgia. "Everything leaves the shelves."

With diesel prices hovering at $4 a gallon, Evans said it's time for drastic measures. "It should have never reached this point," he said. "No. It's bad."

Rising prices put Evans out of business. Instead of working for himself, he's now a driver for a trucking company. "Up until the last three months, I fought it for a while but it was too much for me," he said. "It was just overwhelming."

"To get 135 gallons, it cost me over $500," said Al Turner from Atlanta. Turner will be another driver supporting the strike. "I think the strike is going to be instrumental and I hope we can get the fuel prices down."

Why should consumers care? High diesel prices don't just affect truck drivers. If truck drivers strike, you can expect the prices you pay for goods and services and especially food at the supermarket to go even higher.

"I'll probably have to cut back even more," said Ruth Henley of Savannah. "I can eat less, I guess."

"You have to pay it for food and milk and cheese," added Carla Salvatore of Pooler. "I have a child and you need milk. If the prices go up, I don't know what we're going to do about it."

"If they strike, they have to do what they have to do," said Ted Tomlin of Savannah. "I think it's going to affect the fuel costs even more."

Many truck drivers said the companies that deliver to the Georgia Ports Authority will also shut down on April 3. Drivers in Georgia are not the only ones talking about the strike. Strike organizers in Dublin, Georgia said they're hearing from drivers around the country who plan to take part.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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