Drivers react to high holiday weekend gas prices

(FOX19) - Ohioans are paying an average of 3.85 per gallon Friday as many hit the roads for the holiday weekend. The price of gas in Ohio has risen nearly $1.30 since this time last year.

The jump had drivers speaking out about the jump as they filled up Friday.

"I don't like them, but I can't do anything about them," Mark McCormack said of the prices.

"It was $3.73 when I filled up earlier in the week and now it's up to $3.89 again most places," observed Debbie Donohoue.

"Whenever you look at a holiday you always see a jack in the price, always," emphasized Becky Moody.

For some people like Moody and her husband, gas prices are not stopping their holiday plans.

"They know they've got us all over a barrel because we're going to be traveling no matter what the cost is," Moody said.

Driver Mark McCormack felt the same way.

"I'm not going to stop going on a 500 dollar trip for 50 dollars," McCormack said. "If it was 200 dollars or 100 dollars, then maybe I would consider it."

For many people, however, the extra hike is enough to change their Memorial Day plans.

"Oh it does change mine. I'm on a fixed income now so I can't afford to go places like I used to because it costs too much," Donohoue said. "I used to go to Gatlinburg twice a year and I haven't been in over a year because the gas prices are just too high for me to do it," Donohoue admitted.

She says even an in-state trip is out of the question for the holiday weekend.

"I was supposed to go to a party tomorrow and I'm not sure if I'll be able to go because I don't get paid again until the first and gas is just outrageous," she said.

When prices are up, Donohoue says it is time to get creative.

"You just have to budget around it as much as you can," she said. "If that means you have to stay home and put up plastic pools in the backyard that's what you do."

Moody says even folks still hitting the road will likely plan to make-up for the extra drain on their wallets.

"They're going to pack a cooler," Moody said. "They won't be hitting the restaurants as much and that will make a significant dent in what they can spend their money on."

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