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No relief at the pump for these drivers

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As unleaded gas prices dipped below the $3 mark in some parts of the Bay area, another group of motorists were not feeling the same kind of relief at the pump.

Diesel gas prices remained high: $3.82 a gallon on average nationwide.

"Diesel prices are nowhere near as cheap as gas prices are right now," said Jessica Brady, a regional spokesperson for AAA.

Brady said diesel fuel prices are linked more to global usage than are unleaded prices, and demand right now is high.

"Diesel is used for more commercial purposes. We tend to see a lot of times higher demand for diesel with economic development and infrastructure," she said.

That means truck drivers are suffering. A survey of truckers at a rest stop in Tampa found drivers forking out $400 to $800 each time they fill up.

"Anywhere from $2,000 to $2,500 a week," said Alberto Oyola, a truck driver from North Port who owns his own tractor-trailer. "It's expensive; it's going to keep going up and every time it goes up, it seems like it doesn't stop."

That kind of constant expense is driving some truck drivers, like Kenny Cannon of Riverview, away from owning their own business.

"I used to make good money until the fuel started going up," Cannon said. "By the time you're done paying for your fuel, there's nothing to pay your home bills or anything like that."

Brady predicts prices, for both diesel and unleaded, will likely hover around their current level, but couldn't say what the next few months would bring.

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