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WSP: $1,025 fine for throwing lit cigarettes from vehicles

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WASHINGTON -- Prepare to pay big if you're caught littering a lit cigarette.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) announced a $1,025 fine to deter people from throwing lit tobacco products from their cars.

Troopers said there is more risk of fires with dry weather conditions.

"It is a harsh penalty, we're aware of that," said Sgt. Greg Tri of WSP. "But it's obvious that it's a very hazardous violation, especially with the dry conditions and being hot out and the potential for serious fires."

Troopers said the resources needed to fight fires are extremely expensive and costly to taxpayers.

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