Tri-State drivers relieved over the drop in gas prices

November 23, 2008|By MIKKEL WALLECH

TRI-STATE - With a weakening economy and Thanksgiving just around the corner, the sight of lower gas prices is a welcome relief for many local residents interviewed last week.

Edie Riker, 53, of Summit Point, W.Va., said Wednesday that the lower gas prices will help people get out of the house, ultimately helping the slumping economy.

"With gas prices dropping, I am more inclined to get out of my house and go shopping," Riker said. "With the economy the way it is and people not spending, now is the perfect time for gas prices to fall."

Carolyn Shaw, 61, of Hagerstown, said she thought lower gas prices would help the economy.

"I will not be traveling for the holidays, but due to the current state of the economy, I am excited to see the prices falling," Shaw said.


Nicola Larson of Shepherdstown, W.Va., said she often travels long distances and, with the holidays approaching, lower gas prices are a relief.

"I'm thrilled. I always have to travel, so I am excited," Larson said. "My wallet is feeling relief and I am optimistic that prices will continue to drop."

Gary Martin, 46, of Hedgesville, W.Va., said higher gas prices would not have prompted him to change his travel plans, but he's not unhappy about the lower prices.

"I would have traveled if they hadn't fallen, but it is definitely a relief," Martin said. "I just hope they stay this way."

Mark Mooney, 53, of Smithsburg, said lower prices have made a short vacation possible for him and his wife.

Their wedding anniversary is next month and, thanks to lower gas prices, "we are going to travel down South for a few days to celebrate," he said. "It's a welcomed relief. Gas is no longer a deterrent ..."

Curtis Cowan, 47, of Hagerstown, said his job forces him to commute on a daily basis, so falling gas prices are great.

"I commute to D.C. every day, so it doesn't matter if it is $2 or $4 a gallon, I have to buy gas," Cowan said. "But it certainly is a relief."

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