Gas prices on the mind of SWFL as holiday travel begins
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CREATED Aug. 30, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Thinking of hitting the road this holiday weekend? You are not alone.
AAA is expecting almost 2 million more Labor Day travelers this weekend compared to last year.
There's good news and bad news if you're heading out of town.
Gas prices were up Friday on average of two cents a gallon, but, the prices are still cheaper than last year.
If you want to travel, do it now. A potential strike on Syria could raise gas prices even more in the short term.
FOX 4 checked in with travelers that have gas prices on their minds in Southwest Florida.
"I think what everyone else thinks," said Arlie Won. "I think it sucks."
"It's the holiday and the government's greedy," chimed in John Shappee.
Southwest Floridians are not holding back on what they think of climbing gas prices.
"It said it was going up and then the news said it was going down and then it went back up," said Marlene Broughton.
The yo-yo effect of gas prices on the increase for now for the holiday weekend as 1.5 million Floridians plan to hit the roads for Labor Day, but they don't have to be happy about it.
"Well here we go again it never stops," said Rusty Varnadoe.
Habits are changing.
"Just consolidate as many places you're going to go so you can make it in one trip," Varnadoe said.
And wallets are thinning.
"Recently I've just changed my curriculum to virtual classroom so that helps with gas with fuel costs," Won said.
It looks like holiday cheer might be hard to come by, when it comes to the to gas prices anyway.
"I'm not optimistic, I can tell you that, and I think everybody else would probably concur," said Won.
If you are out there burning that gas this holiday weekend, remember, law enforcement is expected to be out in full force to protect the roads.
The Florida Highway Patrol is partnering up with 7 other states along Interstate 10 this weekend.
It's the first time the states along the road from Florida to California have partnered up for what they are calling "10-8 on 10, One Road One Mission. "
Troopers will focus on impaired drivers, agressive drivers, speeders and those who violate the left-hand-lane laws.
If you need to report someone or get help in Florida dial *FHP (*347) on your cell phone.
In Charlotte County, deputies will start a special enforcement from September 2-8.
Focus will be on Kings Highway, Rotonda Boulevard, and the intersections of U.S. 41 & Port Charlotte Boulevard and SR 776 & San Casa Boulevard.