If you litter and get caught, it's going to cost you.

The Utah House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that increases the minimum fine for littering from $25 to $100. The bill was forwarded to the Senate for its consideration.Sponsor Jordan Tanner, R-Provo, said the existing fine structure is such that people don't take the offense seriously.

State transportation officials estimate there are 1,800 to 2,000 pieces of litter on each highway mile in Utah. Department of Transportation spokesman Kim Morris said previously that the state spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to clean up trash left on state property.