Nightly News | April 22, 2011
>>> here in the u.s., heading into easter weekend , gas prices ticked up another cent to an average of $3.85 a gallon for unleaded regular. that's noogzwide. and as we're painfully aware, the latest move up in a relentless rise since late last year, and it's having the affect of keeping a lot of folks home this weekend. kristen welker is in l.a. tonight. good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, brian. while we were setting up for the live shot, the price of gas increased by two cents at this california station wrrg. it's now more than $5 for a gallon of mid-grade. it's been increasing over the past 12 weeks. a lot of people saying they're staying home this weekend.
>> say cheese.
>> craig and mary jo from charlotte, north carolina , usually drive to sarasota, florida, to see grandma on easter, but not this year.
>> gas is over $4 a gallon. we decided not to travel an eight-hour or ten-hour trip to see family.
>> they're not alone. fewer people are visiting popular spring time attractions including mt. rainier, the yellowstone, and the everglades.
>> the northern california branch of aaa says they have seen a 26% increase in drivers calling them for help after they've run out of gas.
>> as the prices go up, people may not have as much money in their budget for gas as they use to, so they may be trying to stretch it out.
>> reporter: in fact, gas sales have been down for seven straight weeks.
>> i'm just the delivery guy.
>> reporter: today, he delivers 9,000 gallons to this shell station. the owner says she may not need it all this weekend.
>> we're losing money because the people doesn't buy gas as much as before.
>> reporter: but it could be worse. canadians are actually traveling to the u.s. because our gas is less expensive. a global problem that is hitting close to home on a holiday weekend. now, gas in canada is about a dollar more expensive than it is at this station, but it seems we're catching umquickly. brian.
>> kristen welker on the rising prices there. thanks.