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Local drivers excited about dropping gas prices

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WEST SPRINGFIELD (WSHM/AP) -

Massachusetts drivers received a gift at the pump this holiday season.

For the first time in years, gas prices have dropped below $2 a gallon in the Commonwealth.

AAA Northeast said self-serve regular gas dropped 2-cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $1.98.

That’s the lowest level since April 2009.

The current price in Massachusetts is a dime lower than a month ago, 48-cents lower than a year ago and a penny below the national average.

And drivers told Western Mass News, they like what they’re seeing.

"I haven't seen it like this in a couple of years. It's been going down slowly and I'm just surprised it keeps going down," said Gypsy Rivera, of Springfield.

"I guess the economy is a little down, so everybody's for the low budget. People just had the holidays and stuff. It's good for the families," said Sandy Baldwin, of Springfield.  

Rivera said what she saves on gas will allow her to spend money on something else that her family may need.

"I can now spend more money on something else that you can use instead of using it on gas all the time, you know," explained Rivera.  

Rivera, Baldwin and others are hoping the winning streak continues into 2016.

"It's just great seeing them go down and down, hopefully it continues into the New Year," said Rivera.  

"This isn't’t going to last forever. Take advantage of it now for all you folks out there," said Baldwin.

AAA said so far, the lowest recorded price in the state is $1.83.

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