By Jessica Mathews /

There’s finally a bit of positive good news for Livingston County motorists and others across the state; the average for a gallon of gas has fallen below $4 for the first time in almost 5 weeks.

That’s according to AAA Michigan. The auto club reports that gas prices decreased 9 cents compared to last week and drivers are now paying an average of $3.95 per gallon for regular unleaded.

That price is 31 cents less than this time last month but is still $1.16 more than this time last year.

Motorists are paying an average of $59 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline; an increase of about $8 from when prices were their highest last November.

AAA Michigan Spokeswoman Adrienne Woodland said “Motorists are seeing some slight relief at the pump as Michigan gas prices fell below $4 a gallon for the first time in almost five weeks”. She said if crude oil prices continue to decline, it’s likely that pump prices will follow suit.