September 5, 2005
People in South Carolina are flocking to Georgia to fill up their tanks after Governor Sonny Perdue suspended the motor fuel tax on Friday. Consumers can expect to pay about fifteen cents less on gas through the end of September. News 12 is on your side with the gas deals you can find by crossing the border.
About three dollars is actually below the statewide average in South Carolina. Pete Crawford says the prices in his hometown of North Augusta are too expensive.
“I’m not driving as much, I’m a little more conscious of how much I’m driving,” Crawford said.
He says the cheaper prices are in Georgia. Travelers from North Carolina agree. Sean Teter is on his way to Tallahassee and says the gas is pretty expensive, especially now.
Gas is actually cheaper by about ten cents in Georgia. At about $3 a gallon, many say Gas Plus is one of the better deals in South Carolina. But they are having better luck across the border. All it takes is a drive over the bridge to find the best deals. At the Shell in downtown Augusta you’re going to pay $2.89 a gallon.
“I think it’s like two eighty-something right now,” Crawford said.
Actually, the statewide average in Georgia is $2.89. Margaret Williams from the Georgia Visitors Center says the cheaper prices are good for people passing through.
“People have noticed that the prices in Georgia are lower,” Williams said.
Like Rodney Gore who is on his way to Atlanta. He is glad to save a few bucks.
“I think it’s good news that the prices are cheaper,” Gore said.
Good news for some people, but it is still too much for many. Some people will be riding their bikes instead of driving.
The Colonial Pipeline is the main source of fuel in this area. Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker says it is operating at eighty percent Monday, up from forty percent at the end of last week. So she says gas shortages should not be a problem.