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Gas Prices Rise As People Hit the Road for Holiday Weekend

Posted April 13, 2001 4:39 a.m. EDT

— For many people, visiting family over the Easter weekend is a tradition. So is a hike in prices at the pumps.

From Rocky Mount to Smithfield to Raleigh, gas prices are up from about $1.30 per gallon a few weeks ago to $1.50, especially along the Interstates.

Station owners say they are only passing along higher prices from their suppliers. The suppliers say consumers want more than they have to sell after the winter freeze, so they have to raise prices.

Travelers from the North are also seeing higher prices. One motorist from Ohio says the cost of gas here is similar to stations back home.