Gas prices pause travel plans for residents

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 6:19pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — As the summer driving season inches closer, gas prices continue to climb. Tuesday marks the eighteenth day in a row that prices at the pump have gone up around the country.

Here in Baton Rouge, gas prices have gone up 15 cents in just the last month. According to GasBuddy.com, the average price is $3.74. Compare that to this time last month when it was just $3.59.

As prices go up, so do frustrations.

“It’s ridiculously high,” says Sylvia Bergeron. “I mean people just can’t afford it anymore.”

“It’s hard for me to pay these types of prices,” adds Anitrea Goodwin. “We know that in order to do this we have to cut back elsewhere.”

One of the first things to go when money gets tight? Vacations. “I’m not going anywhere,” Bergeron says. “The gas prices make me want to stay home and ride my bike.”

Theresa Overby with Visit Baton Rouge says the decision to drop family trips from the calendar is normal with gas guzzling up extra cash.

“There’s the potential that people will cut vacations because you have to deal with necessities first,” she explains.

But local organizations are doing their best to keep the vacation season special. “We start to reel in our thinking and tailor some local messaging because a lot of our locals don’t realize that there are a lot of things to do in your backyard.”

Still many residents hope they can afford a trip this summer, keeping fingers crossed that relief is on the way.

“We want to see it down like two dollars,” Bergeron says, “the way it used to be.”

If you’re planning on staying home this summer, check out www.visitbatonrouge.com to find fun, cheap, and local things to do.
 

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