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Gov. Kemp extends gas tax suspension as travel ramps up ahead of Memorial Day

AAA predicts that nearly 1.2 million Georgians will travel 50 miles or more from home for Memorial Day weekend
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 10:48 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the temporary suspension of gas tax.

Additionally, he renewed the State of Emergency for Supply Chain Disruptions via Executive orders 05.26.22.02 and 05.26.22.01. Both orders will be effective through July 14.

Georgia’s average gas price has been among the lowest in the nation and remains roughly 45 cents below the national average for an average gallon of regular gas. The current price per gallon in Georgia is $4.13. The national average is $4.60.

The suspension, which will save Georgians about 30 cents per gallon for gas and 33 cents per gallon for diesel, comes as travelers hit the road and skies for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

AAA predicts that nearly 1.2 million Georgians will travel 50 miles or more from home for Memorial Day weekend. Ninety percent of those travelers will drive despite record-high gas prices.

“There are other ways people can save. Perhaps stay with family or friends rather than a hotel or maybe cut their trip back a day or two, but we don’t see anything that’s going to deter people from getting on the road and having a good start to their summer vacation,” said AAA spokesperson Garrett Townsend.

“You just got to do what you got to do,” driver Nikita Glenn told CBS 46 News. “You have things scheduled, done made plans. Got to come out of them savings.”

The suspension was originally scheduled to end May 31.