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Oct 25, 2013 11:52 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Tucson drivers look forward to lower prices at the pump

TUCSON- Just in time for Halloween drivers are getting a sweet treat.

According to AAA, this week the price of crude oil dropped below the $100 mark for the first time since July. As of Thursday night the average price of gas per gallon in Tucson was $3.20, compared to $3.45 for the same day last year. The nationwide average is at $3.33.

"I can't complain with $3.16," Tucson Driver Shawn Brady says. He found that price at the Giant on Stone and Grant.

The best part is that the prices are expected to continue dropping. "I think they're awesome right now," Driver Sabrina Scott says. "If they get any lower it's going to be fantastic!"

Experts say between now and the end of 2013, gas prices are set to drop to the lowest level since February 2011. "Wow! That would be awesome," Scott says.

A little bit of awesome just in time for the holidays.

By Christmas, the national average could sink to $3.15 per gallon, which means Tucson prices could fall below the $3 mark. "The only time I see gas under $3 is when I use my reward points at Safeway or Frys," Brady says.

The news is especially welcome to Don Coleman, who manages Mayfield Florist.

Coleman says they do about 60 deliveries a day and last fiscal year they spent about $50,000 just on gas. "It would be a great opportunity to spend more money on marketing," Coleman says. "When gas prices go down it frees up funds that allow us to do other things that help our business."

Now Coleman just hopes these prices at the pump stick around until Valentine's Day.

According to GasBuddy.com, the state right now with the lowest price of gas per gallon is Missouri at $2.99. The state with the highest price of gas per gallon is Hawaii at $4.09.

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