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North Carolina Gas Prices At Record High

Posted April 24, 2001 10:04 a.m. EDT

— Driving in the Carolinas is more expensive now than ever before.

The American Automobile Association says gas prices in North and South Carolina are the highest they have ever been. Here, the average gallon of gas costs $1.57.

Nationally, prices have increased by nine cents more per gallon.. That is up 12 cents in two weeks. It may cause some to cut back on vacation driving plans.

One taxi company owner in Raleigh says the added costs are difficult to take.

"I'm paying $8 extra to fill up the same tank and I'm running my air conditioning about 8 hours a day," says Justice Okuwa. "And we're making the same thing we used to make prior to the gas rise. So it's really taking money out of our pocket."

Okuwa says the city regulates taxi cab fares. He says rates went up last year for the first time in 9 years so he does not expect another increase.