Published: Feb 27, 2011 12:41 AM EST
Updated: Feb 26, 2011 9:43 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.-The unrest in North Africa is already impacting Southwest Florida. Since the protests started, fuel prices have increased in the area.

Local drivers and truckers say the higher prices are hurting their pockets. Truckers tell WINK News they know first-hand the troubling ripple effect of high diesel prices.

“If fuel prices go up to $5 a gallon, 80% of these owned operated

trucks will be parked," one trucker told WINK News.

According to AAA, diesel prices jumped 15 cents this past week in Southwest Florida. Prices are also up 24 cents in the last month and they've increased 78 cents in the last year.

“If prices keep going up,some people may not be able to drive," said another trucker.

Many people are also worried if diesel prices keep jumping, the price of food will go up as well.

“The more it goes up, the less you buy,” said Brunell Brocious, a Fort Myers resident.