Lower Gas Prices On The Horizon?

Lower Gas Prices On The Horizon?

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Tonya Papanikolas reportingEvery time the gas price goes up in Utah, it's setting a new state record, one drivers don't like.

The price for regular unleaded is now at $2.24 a gallon. And some experts say that can go up even further.

With the price of gas going up almost daily, drivers are feeling the pinch.

David Veit, Driver: "I used to fill my tank on 12 bucks. Now it's 20 bucks."

Dan Christian, Driver: "I think someone's taking advantage. I just don't know who."

Utah's gas prices have grown 25-cents in the last month. But AAA says there's finally some good news.

Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Spokeswoman: "The barrel price is dropping substantially. It dropped substantially this last week."

And yesterday the national average of unleaded gas dropped a penny. Fairclough says these factors could be a good sign.

Rolayne Fairclough: "We may see prices leveling out or dropping somewhat."

Others aren't so sure since consumers don't seem to be driving any less.

Lee Peacock, Utah Petroleum Association President: "Unless that curbs itself and changes in some way, I would anticipate that we would still continue to see strong gasoline prices."

Though Utah's gas prices are the highest they've ever been, travel experts don't expect them to keep people off the roads during the coming months, even during the holidays.

Every year, gas prices make a substantial jump Memorial Day weekend. Whether or not we see such a large increase this year, the Utah Travel Council says prices shouldn't affect tourism because Utahns can have fun close to home.

Leigh von der Esch, Utah Travel Council: "Certainly everyone does have to watch their pocketbook. But think of the proximity of the things we have to do in Utah."

"From St. George to Northern Utah, you can fish, you can boat, you can have a nice campfire and watch a sunset over a great lake."

Certainly travelers could use a vacation from worrying about gas prices.

The president of the Utah Petroleum Association says consumers may see less of a price jump this Memorial Day because gasoline retailers are extremely sensitive right now to the high prices.

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