Fashion statement: Jasper County, Ga., passes sagging pants ordinance

RIDGELAND - Wearers of sagging pants in Jasper County beware: your fashion choice is now against the law.

The Jasper County Council passed an ordinance Monday that prohibits anyone from wearing pants more than three inches below the hips, exposing the skin or undergarments.

The ordinance also prohibits parents and guardians from allowing minor children to appear in public with their pants more than three inches below the hips.

Those who don drooping pants in public face a fine of between $25 and $500. The law will be enforced by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, municipal police officers and the Jasper County administrator.

The ordinance passed 2-1 at Monday's meeting, with council members LeRoy Blackshear, who originally proposed it in June, and Hubert Tyler absent.

Council member Gladys Jones was the lone vote against the ordinance.

She said while she considers the popular style tacky, she feels the choice to wear sagging pants indicates the wearer has a negative self-image and could use help building it up.

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