High gas prices hit Valley motorists at the pump

FRESNO, Calif.

On average most motorists in the Valley will pay more than $4 per gallon of gasoline.

According to AAA, this holiday weekend more than 3.7 million Californians were expected to hit the road. Many of them planned to travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend.

AAA says with the sluggish economy and ongoing high gas prices, Californians are prioritizing their travel by taking shorter trips and staying with friends and family. Drivers are hoping to feel relief at the pump soon.

Experts say gas prices increased recently due to the refinery fire in the bay area and hurricane Isaac, shutting some production down and raising demand.

Experts believe gas prices should start falling after the holiday.

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