Shock and anger are some of the reactions from East Texans as gas prices are fast approaching $2 a gallon for regular unleaded. In Longview motorists are now coping with having the price of gas become a big part of their budget... with no relief in sight.
"The gas prices nowadays are crazy... We try no to go anywhere its just cheaper , do all your running at one time, get it over with" said Hallsville motorist Tad McKenzie.
"We have family in Austin and instead of going once every 6 to 8 weeks , we go once every 3 or 4 months" says Longview motorist Teresa Taylor.
"Retired people that are on fixed incomes might not be able to go to the doctors office or pay medical bills because the gas is so darn high, we'll its ridiculous we shouldn't be paying 2 dollars a gallon for gas" says electrician Daryl Whitaker.
Even with the high prices, East Texas remains below the national average of 1.95 a gallon.