Prices at pump plague drivers

Gas prices are higher this February than any February in the past, and local motorists are looking for ways to spend less money filling their tanks.

With gas prices reaching as high as $3.70 a gallon in the past week, local motorists have started planning their routes for errands so they don’t backtrack and have rearranged family budgets to afford the higher cost.

As of Wednesday, local gas prices hovered around $3.60 a gallon, down slightly from the $3.70 a gallon residents saw last weekend. Those prices are at least 20 cents higher than the $3.40 average price per gallon local residents paid at the same time last year, according to

And in 2011, gas prices in February were even cheaper at a national average of about $3.17 a gallon, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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