Kosciusko bans saggy pants

October 1, 2012 in News, Statewide News

Kosciusko is the latest municipality to adopt a "sagging pants" ordinance. Kosciusko has now joined Fulton, Columbus, Tunica, Tupelo, Ripley, Indianola, Meridian, Columbia and Saltillo in banning the popular style.

KOSCIUSKO – (AP) The town of Kosciusko has adopted a ban on sagging pants.

The Star Herald reports that the wearing of sagging pants was added recently to the town’s ordinance prohibiting public indecency. The ordinance takes effect Oct. 18.

The city began talking about taking action on the indecent exposure in August and had reviewed several other municipalities’ ordinances on the matter.

Kosciusko Mayor Jimmy Cockroft says there is a lot of public support for the ordinance. The board of aldermen adopted the ordinance on Sept. 18.

In the ordinance, sagging pants are defined as appearing to wear pants or skirts more than three inches below the top of the hips exposing the skin or undergarments.

Violators will be charged a $50 fine for the first offense and no more than $200 for a subsequent offense.

In addition to the fine, the Kosciusko Municipal Court may order a violator to serve up to 40 hours of court approved community service activities.

Other municipalities that have passed a “sagging pants” ordinance include Fulton, Columbus, Tunica, Tupelo, Ripley, Indianola, Meridian, Columbia and Saltillo.

The dropped-trousers trend has been debated around the country in TV shows, city councils, school boards, state legislatures and courtrooms. Communities from Lynwood, Ill., to Lafourche Parish, La., have passed laws imposing fines for too-low trousers.