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Ike and the gas hike

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

September 12, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - A state of emergency is in effect in Georgia, because of the rising price of gasoline.

Governor Sonny Perdue enacted Georgia's price gouging law to make sure Georgians aren't gouged at the pumps.

Prices jumped as high as $5.43 in some parts of South Georgia, and as people rushed to fill their tanks, pumps ran dry.

Drivers are lining up at the pumps to fill up as the threat of hurricane Ike cause gas prices to jump more than 50 cents in some areas.

"We live in east Albany and we heard that the gas prices are almost at $5 so we were out here at Wal Mart and we saw the gas as $3.89 so we decided we'll just go ahead and fill up," Shamika Reed, Albany.

The Lee County Sheriff's office worked to keep traffic flowing, as drivers had their patients tested waiting in line.

"We're just trying to keep people from hitting each other, from getting in each other's way, maybe avoiding any altercations," Sgt. Ted WertzLee County Sheriff's Office.

A statute signed by the governor prevents retailers from selling goods or services at an unreasonable price.

It does not prevent price increases that accurately reflect an increase in the cost of the goods or services to the retailer.

Stations say say wholesale prices are up and some passing the cost onto consumers. Scott McDaniel is headed out of town and estimates spending $300 on gas.

"We work to hard to sit around and worry about it, yea I'm going to worry about it, but I'm still going to go out and have fun, we're riding to the lake right now to ride jet skis," said Scott McDaniel, Albany.

And he's thinking ahead filling three gas canisters, and his jet ski before leaving town.

"We're headed up to Lake Jackson which is up close to Atlanta, so if this is a gas shortage I'm going to be riding around with 30 gallons in the back of my truck," said McDaniel.

With the uncertainty of which way prices are headed some drivers are willing to wait in line to pump for less.

"I mean it hurts we're going to have to make some sacrifices down the road with something else but this is going to be one of our last few weekends at the lake," said

But for now trips to the lake for many south Georgians are out of the question.

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