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Keeping your eye on the gas pumps

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

August 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some good news for the economy, gas prices are continuing to drop across the nation.

In Albany they've dropped slightly and are holding steady.

But many of the people we spoke with Sunday say prices are still too high, and they're keeping a closer eye on the pumps to make sure they get every drop they pay for.

When you pull up to the pump in Georgia, and get ready to fill the tank, a State Seal and sticker should let you know that the state's Fuel and Measures Division verified the accuracy of the fuel you pay for.

"I try to look and make sure the inspections sticker, to see where the pump has been inspected to make sure it's accurate," said Stevin Martin, Albany.

And with gas prices more than $3 per gallon some motorists are making sure they get what they pay for.

"I'm watching the pumps carefully, the gas here in Lee County is high compared to Columbus," said Kathy Ledbetter, Columbus.

Although the Department of Agriculture, Fuels and Measures section has more than 144,000 retail gasoline pumps to monitor, fuel oil inspectors give first priority to consumer complaints.

"I just basically go by the price you know what I put in, normally like if I get $15 normally it's like 4 gallons," said Cedric Price, Albany.

With gas at $3.78 and nine tenths, if you spend $69 you get 18.2 gallons exactly.

"Yes I often look to see what the gas ratio is dollar to gallon. I remember when gas was $1.25 a gallon and you know$2 or $3 will help you out along the way," said Khadijjah Douglas, Athens.

The number of gasoline pumps tested out of tolerance has been minimal over the past few years in the state of Georgia, and that's good for those who don't check the pumps.

"You try to look at it but it's hard to calculate, you never had to worry about how much gas was or anything. In the past You'll put $10 or $20 in you would drive all week, and now that doesn't even get you across town and back," said Martin.

Georgia currently ranks ninth nationally with annual gasoline sales of more than five billion gallons and if a pump is pennies off that's not good for consumers.

"When it costs $60 to get your car filled up you start paying attention," said Ledbetter.

The national average price for a gallon of regular is $3.85, down almost fifteen cents from two weeks ago.

If you have questions or concerns about gasoline-related matters, contact the Fuel and Measures office at (404) 656-3605 in the Atlanta area, or 1-800-282-5852 toll-free from anywhere in Georgia.

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