Utica, NY (WIBX) - As 2012 comes to an end, drivers around Central New York are facing the highest gas price ever. According to AAA's Ed Welsh, we're closing out the year 23 cents higher than the old record high of last year. "Sadly, I don't think the price is going to go back down" Welsh said, adding that "If the pattern follows what it did last year, the end of the year price was the low point of the year".

Welsh says the highest price per gallon of gas happened on April 11th of this year, when the price hit $4.11 per gallon.