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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County dropped 2.5 cents Wednesday to $6.151.

The average price is 8 cents less than one week ago and 6.2 cents lower than one month ago, but $1.90 more than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

Prices have been dropping of late despite a gas tax increase of 2.8 cents per gallon that took effect Friday.

The national average price dropped for the 22nd consecutive day following an 18-day streak of increases, decreasing 2.1 cents to $4.779. It has dropped 23.7 cents over the past 22 days, including seven-tenths of a cent Tuesday, after rising 41.5 cents during the 18-day streak of increases.

The national average price is 8.9 cents less than one week ago and 8.6 cents less than one month ago, but $1.645 more than one year ago.

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