GASOLINE: The Shortage Hits Home

To conserve fuel, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter has ordered state troopers to drive slower and go on fewer highway patrols. On the Pennsylvania and Ohio Turnpikes, gas stations are allotting a maximum of ten to twelve gallons of gas to each customer. From Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where panicky residents begin queuing up at gas pumps at 6 a.m., to Los Angeles, where some stations are getting 51¢ a gallon, the long-feared gasoline shortage is finally making itself felt.

Last week the American Automobile Association reported that only 64% of the stations it monitors were operating normally—down from 75% the previous...

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