Gas Prices Near $3 a Gallon

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The next time you fill up, you may feel pain at the pump. Gas prices are climbing to nearly $3 a gallon.

"I think they're horrible. I really do," said Mary Richards as she watched the price on the pump climb higher and higher.

The higher prices are causing some drivers like Michael Williams to step on the breaks.

"Going straight home from work everyday. I don't go out like I used to go out or nothing like that. Gas prices are too high. They need to bring ‘em down."

But many consumers say there's nothing they can do; driving is a way of life, especially for business owners who pay for their employees’ gas.

"We don't have a choice; we have to drive and to make money we have to drive. We have to take the money from something else," said Charlotte Bryant.

Jim Smith, President of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, says the prices could hit $3.00 a gallon.

"Speculators are doing it because they make money."

The national average is $2.96. In Georgia $2.90, and in Florida right now it’s $2.93. Some drivers say it could be worse.

"The $3.02 here is much better than the $3.13 that I just paid at home before I left," said Horace Miller, who was passing through Tallahassee. He filled up in Pensacola earlier Tuesday morning.

Matthew Salera is an exception to most drivers, but says he doesn't mind the high prices.

"I don’t have too much of a problem with it. I actually hope they go to five or six dollars a gallon. This way there is less people for me to deal with on the road."