Littering could soon cost you $500

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BISMARCK, N.D. - If you're planning on throwing that apple core out of your car window when you're done with it, you may want to think again.

The state Senate is sending a bill to Gov. Doug Burgum's, R-N.D., desk that will increase the fine for littering on the highway from $100 to $500.

Lawmakers say this bill is overdue, after mounds of trash had to be picked up from the side of the road during the oil boom.

"This bill is about four years behind. If you seen all the mess we had out there when we had the heavy heavy heavy traffic, it was unbelievable," says Sen. Bill Bowman, R-Bowman.

The fine applies to any amount of trash illegally tossed on a public road, from full bags of trash to a cigarette butt.