Riverside -

The average price of gasoline in the Inland Empire dropped today for the ninth consecutive day, decreasing eight-tenths of a cent to $4.078 for a gallon of self-serve regular.

The average price in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has decreased 7.1 cents over the past nine days, including 1.3 cents on Wednesday. It is 5.8 cents less than one week ago, 1.8 cents lower than one month ago but 2.1 cents more than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

``That's some good news for drivers. It's still above four dollars a gallon, but there are more stations that you're going to see below four dollars a gallon,'' Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California, told Video News West.

The streak of decreases was immediately preceded by 11 increases in 14 days that pushed the average price to its highest amount since May 19.

Montgomery encouraged motorists to cash in by waiting a little longer
before filling up.   But, she warned, ``You don't want to wait until it's too low. You don't
want to run out of gas.'"