Louisiana town bans Baggy pants

Terrebonne Parish, in Louisiana, has passed a law outlawing people from wearing low hanging trousers – or 'saggy pants' – in public, because it is a health and safety risk.

The Parish Council overwhelmingly passed an ordinance last week that will impose fines for anyone who wear trousers below the waist that exposes their underwear.

First time offenders will be fined $50. If you are caught with low hanging trousers twice, the fine is doubled, and if you are cited a third time, you are fined $100 and ordered to do 16 hours of community services.

"Appearing in public view while exposing one's skin or undergarments below the waist is contrary to safety, health, peace and good order of the parish and the general welfare," according to the ordinance.

John Navy, a parish councilman introduced the measure, told Fox news: "I've seen extreme measures where they're actually holding their pants almost by their knees, holding it up and you see undergarments and other things.

"Why would you say that's OK?"

He said he had received complaints from church and neighbourhood watch groups.

Jerome Boykin, president of the Terrebonne NAACP, expressed support for the law at a public hearing before the vote.

"There is nothing positive about people wearing saggy pants," he said. "This is not a black issue, this is not a white issue, this is a people issue."

The ordinance will now pass to the town president, who will sign it into law if he supports it.

In 2011, saggy trousers were banned on some buses in the state of Texas.

The look, which has been around for more than a decade, traces its roots to prison attire. It spread to the rap and hip-hop music community.

By Staff Writer 04/15/2013 10:25:00

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