(WALB) - According to the State of Georgia's consumer website, price control laws only go into effect after the governor signs an executive order and says that prices for a product or service such a gas are to be controlled.
At 9 a.m. Monday morning Governor Deal signed an executive order, in it reads that price gouging related to motor fuels is detrimental to the social and economic welfare of the citizens of Georgia.
Customers at the gas station such as Tommie Hill said they supports Governor Deal's order.
"If the station is gouging customers they outta be cited or arrested, you don't see all the gas stations doing that. Just in particular areas," said Hill.
According to AAA just last week the average price of gas for Georgia was just over 2 dollars. Now the state average is 20 cent higher.
In Valdosta and Albany, gas went from under $2.00 to $2.15 and even $2.25 at some stations.
"Two dollars is starting to creep up and after its been so low for so long that you notice it. People start budgeting their weekly money people start budgeting their weekly money on the price of gas and price of groceries. Then as it goes up they have to do with something else," said Hill.
A leak in the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama started the scare of gas shortages.
Governor Deal said he recommends everyone to maintain regular consumption of fuel and travel.
If you believe a gas station is price gouging, you can report violations to the fuel and measures division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Call 404-656-3605.