BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It’s not a great time for driving. As gas prices soar nationwide, the White House launched a task force to find out why drivers are paying more. Gas prices in Maryland have already topped the $4 mark.

Gigi Barnett is tracking the pain at the pump.

In California, gas prices are well above the $4 mark. In New Jersey, drivers line up when they find the cheapest gas. That’s anything below $4 a gallon. And here in Maryland, drivers say there’s only one way to pay for the spike.

“I need to get a second job,” said one driver.

But there’s another way to cope.

“I don’t even pay attention to it,” said Duane Johnson, driver. “If I looked at it, I’m not going to get any gas. I just do what I got to do and keep on going.”

One business owner has passed the higher cost of driving on to her cleaning company customers.

“Not that they’re complaining, they’re not. They understand totally because they deal with the gas prices, as well,” said Angie Allen, Clean Sweep Plus.

This week, a gallon of regular gas is up by three cents—pumping the Maryland’s average on par with the national average of $3.85 for a gallon of regular.

“We’re going to make sure no one takes advantage of the nation’s consumers,” said President Barack Obama.

This week, Obama created a special task force to find out if fraud in oil markets is part of the problem. But experts say pinpointing that kind of market manipulation is hard to do.

And what’s more, summer travel and higher prices are yet to come.

“It’s going to be a short vacation,” said one motorist.

On average, drivers buy about 500 gallons of gas every year. If the latest spike continues it could mean an extra $500 for gas.

Comments (10)
  1. Thomas Harless says:

    Gas and Milk prices are neck in neck..

  2. RavenLude says:

    its GW Bush’s fault. has nothing to do with Obama and the democrats in office.

  3. Doug says:

    From here,we travel by foot..d

  4. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    There is always an excuse as to why the prices are high. Lets see, the politicial unrest, the dollar is week, supply is low, the different blends for summer, blah, blah, blah. Bottom line is we have never ran out of product nor are we. The issue is big oil does everything to get more and more money and buying the politicians makes it happen. I am sure after a nice little donation to the re-election campaigns on capital hill, there will be no real conclusion as to what is making prices sore. GREED!

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    1. sheriff says:

      Marc, Go suck on your armpit.

  6. Daisy says:

    WCSWYNI, well put. Its greed, plain and simple. Gas prices soared to over $5 a gallon in Maryland on Labor Day Weekend 2005 and Exxon posted recording breaking profits that same quarter. Coincidence? I think not! The oil companies have us over a barrel (literally and figuratively) and are laughing all the way to to the bank.

  7. Kimberly Blackwell says:

    its all about our crooked ass gov’t and the almighty dollar

  8. This Is Crazy says:

    i wish it was that cheap in CT. We pay 4.09 at the lowest for gas

  9. Stephanie Dobbins Rameika says:

    Why does Obama care how much money we spend on gas. It all ends up in his pocket in the end anyway. So does my paycheck. Hell, I’ve never been to Hawaii but I’ve paid for his trips there. Makes total sense to me. I am so sick of the government raping the American people, but as long as the benefit financially from it, we will never climb out of this recession.

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