Columbia passes ordinance banning sagging pants

The Board of Aldermen in Columbia voted Monday to ban sagging pants in the city.

In a 4-0 vote, the city declared the wearing of low-hanging sagging pants to be indecent.

People wearing pants, shorts or skirts that hang three inches or more below the waist will be fined for indecency. Fines range from $50 for a first offense all the way up to $200 for any subsequent offence.

Mayor of Columbia Reed Houston said it is an issue that needs to be taken seriously. People ticketed by the ordinance who fail to show up for court will be arrested.

"You got older ladies riding around, young kids impressionable kids and that's what we're concerned about, so it is an important thing," said Houston. "There is a line of indecency that we have to draw if some people aren't going to draw it for themselves."

Houston said the law has been discussed about for more than three years and is being modeled after similar sagging pants ordinances in other parts of the state.

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