Photo by Vince Taroc.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

While gasoline prices fall in most areas of the country with the shift to winter-blend fuel, California drivers will continue to pay higher prices as a result of a new state law that increases the price of gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, reports the San Diego Tribune.

California already has the third-highest fuel prices in the nation with an average of $3.038, according to AAA's gasoline price index. Only Alaska ($3.055) and Hawaii ($3.161) have higher average prices.

Gasoline prices usually fall about 12 cents at this time of year in California after the switch to winter fuel.

As gasoline stations begin selling the winter fuel on Nov. 1, the gasoline tax increase enabled by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, goes into effect.