Yes, even in Texas, people are using less gas as the price has skyrocketed.
State gasoline tax collections reported in June indicated taxes fell for two months in a row after a streak of gains earlier this year even as prices inched toward $4 a gallon, according to data from the Texas Comptroller's office.
While state officials and others note that a number of factors figure in gasoline demand, the recent downturn suggests higher fuel prices are beginning to weigh more heavily on Texas drivers.
"It definitely seems like people are very aware now about the price of gasoline," said John Heleman, the state's chief revenue estimator.
State officials caution against reading too much into gas tax figures. They said the downturn could be a sign that Texans are driving less but may also reflect a gradual shift toward more fuel-efficient vehicles.
"I would like to see a couple more months," Heleman said. "Let's get through the summer, see how those months play out and see if we don't start to see some sort of trend."
If gasoline prices remain high, Texas could see gas tax collections stay flat or decline slightly for the state's 2008 fiscal year, he said. The last time that happened was 2006, when prices rose above $3 for an extended period.