It's here: $4 a gallon

According to AAA motorist service, the Kangaroo Express at 130 Rutledge Ave. sold regular gas on Tuesday for $4.03 beginning at 3:53 p.m.

The $4-per-gallon ceiling for regular gas was shattered Tuesday in Charleston.

Nonetheless, the Shell station at King and Huger streets was doing a brisk business, even though a gallon of regular gas cost $4.08.

"It's crazy," Nicolete Scott said.

Because of high gas prices, sidewalk stroller Steve Boyd said he has long preferred other forms of transportation. "That's why I ride a bus. I ride my bike to work. I haven't driven a car in five years. It just doesn't make sense," Boyd said.

Shell Plus gas was $4.19 per gallon, and the premium grade was $4.30.

"I just think we're paying for the war in Iraq," Dana Gates said.

James Lewis said that because of high gas prices he has cut back on travel for his job as minister of Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Georgetown.

"It's a reflection of the leadership we've had in this country for the past 12 years," Lewis said. "I don't expect it to get any better. Time to pay the piper."

Tracy Forrest was resigned to the situation as she fueled her Dodge Durango. "It's too high, but I don't have a choice but to buy gas," she said.

According to AAA motorist service, the Kangaroo Express at 130 Rutledge Ave. sold regular gas on Tuesday for $4.03 beginning at 3:53 p.m. The area average was $3.89 for a gallon of regular compared to $2.79 a year ago, AAA reported.