Rumors of protesting truckers have been running rampant across the
country during the past week, but those rumors became reality for some
Friday, Aug. 19.
Several news sources in
that a group of truckers formed a convoy and drove through
to protest the rising cost of
While some media outlets reported the number of protesting trucks in
the dozens, Sgt. Richard Flores of the Santa Maria Police Department put the
number between 12 and 15 rigs total. The truckers reportedly were blowing their
horns as they drove through the downtown area.
said the police
heard the rigs coming and that the noise was loud enough to bring several
judges out of the courthouse in the middle of legal proceedings.
citations were issued for noise violations.
Prices for diesel in
have been above the $3 mark for the last week and a half. The highest price
found Monday, Aug. 22, according to CaliforniaGasPrices.com, was $3.39 per
gallon at a Shell station in Fairway, CA.
The American Automobile Association reported an average price in the
state of $3.16 per gallon on Aug. 22, while ProMiles showed an average of
Most of the major truck stop companies had prices just under $3 per
gallon at their
locations, according to their Web sites. Pilot was the exception, posting
$3.079 per gallon at their facility in