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Vail Valley faces gas costs

Dawn Witlin
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Last month, Rohn and Debbie Robbins of Edwards bought a hybrid vehicle to cope with the nationwide surge in gas prices.

The couple said they are saving $130 to $140 bucks a month in gas and insurance for their 2008 Lexus RX, which runs on both a gasoline powered V6 engine and electric motors.

“We had to do it,” said Debbie. “It’s amazing because not only can we get regular gas now instead of the high grade stuff, but it goes so far,”

Rohn said the cost to insure their spanking new vehicle is less than their previous 10-year-old SUV with 150,000 miles on it.

The Robbins’ were refueling Saturday afternoon at Phillips 66 in Vail, where diesel was going for a whopping $4.99 per gallon, with regular gas priced at $4.39 per gallon.

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The highest recorded national average price of regular unleaded fuel hit $4.11 last Thursday, according to the America Auto Association,

Virginia Sen. John Warner recently introduced his “Immediate Steps to Conserve Gasoline Act” bill to Congress, calling for a study on the effect of mandating a nationwide speed limit of 60 miles per hour.

“It’s stupid,” Mark Cervantes of Vail said of the bill. “I think they need to be paying attention to other ways of affecting gas prices besides speed limits.”

Cervantes, who drives a gas guzzling Ford Expedition, said he’s not as hurt by gas prices as the rest of the country.

“Living in Vail, I do three to six miles sometimes a day, so that’s rare,” said Cervantes. “I’m in the market to buy the exact same car right now, except brand new, so, typical mentality.”

Cervantes said the Congress should consider reducing dependency on foreign oil, pulling out of Iraq and alternative sources of fuel, rather than lowering the speed limit.

Matt, a Vail resident who declined to give his last name, said he has begun saving about $60 a week by taking the ECO bus to work as a physical therapist.

“I still don’t go faster than 75,” he said. “Would I want to slow down more? No, that seems a bit much, but I am slowing down a little.”

Dave Sudduth, 58, of Fort Collins, said he would support a reduction in the national speed limit.

“I’d vote for that, absolutely,” said Sudduth, who owns four vehicles. “I think that would help a great deal and it would be more pleasant trip, a little less road rage and all that, so yeah, I’d vote for that.”

Sudduth said he has already cut back on speeding in recent years to increase his fuel efficiency.

“When I’m near work in Fort Collins instead of driving 75 on I-25, I usually drive between 60 and 65,” said Sudduth. “I am noticing a lot more people doing that and a lot less honking lately.”

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