Diesel prices decrease in South Mississippi.

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY (WLOX) - When Robert Beard saw $3.68 for diesel, he immediately pulled over and filled up his 18 wheeler in St. Martin.

"The most I have paid is $4.89 in Washington State and this is probably the cheapest," Beard said.

Moss Point diesel is $3.61 and dozens of truckers are taking advantage of the bargain.

"It needs to go on down," James Montgomery said.

Trucker driver Howard Foster believes the diesel decrease is long overdue. He says the high prices were eating up his paycheck and making it difficult for him to survive on the road.

"I would have to cut corners somewhere and that is usually on my truck. It is not only a benefit to me, but it also a benefit for the consumer because they are not paying the high prices in the grocery store," Howard Foster said.

But during a time when oil prices are unsteady and economy is in a slump, many truckers are wondering just how long the lower fuel costs will ease the pain in their wallets.

"I try not to be pessimistic, but with this bailout and this political culture that we are in, it's hard to say what's going to happen," Beard said.

Tommy Jowers said he's simply not impressed with the price drop. He believes diesel needs to come down a lot more before it's really something to celebrate.

"It is still too high. And what is the minimum wage now, seven or eight dollars?  If they are going to run the country on eight dollars, the fuel and the food is too high for people to buy."

According to AAA, the average price for diesel in Mississippi is $3.78 cents. Last month, the diesel price was $4.01.