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Average gas prices hit $4 a gallon in SoCal

March 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Get ready to fork over more money at the pump. Average gas prices are now topping off around $4 a gallon at many stations across Southern California.

One driver in Pasadena on Friday paid $75.70 filling up his tank with regular unleaded before heading off out work.

The average for the Los Angeles-Long Beach and Orange County area has hit $4. That's an increase of 33 cents in just a month in L.A. and 34 cents in Orange County.

In the Inland Empire, the average is still under $4, but just barely at $3.98. In Ventura County, the average is $4.01.

"I couldn't even fill my tank up the whole way because it was $50, and I was maxxed out," said one driver.

Since protests began in Libya, the price per barrel has risen to $106 - a 25 percent increase. Until the situation stabilizes, drivers will have to face the high gas prices.

Demand has dropped off yet, but drivers said they are definitely frustrated.

"It's just too much," said Greg Moore of Pasadena.