SALTILLO – Belt sales could be on the rise in Saltillo thanks to a new saggy pants ban.
The Saltillo Board of Alderman on Tuesday passed a new public indecency ordinance that includes fines for wearing pants too low.
“I was in the Food Giant the other day when a young man with pants down by his knees walked in,” said Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams. “One of the employees said she has asked him multiple times not to come in there dressed like that. She asked me to do something about it so I’m bringing it before the board.”
The ordinance bans other publicly indecent acts like simulating sexual acts or urinating in public.
Anyone who violates the law can be fined no more than $50 for a first offense and no more than $200 for all following offenses.
Offenders also can be required to serve up to 40 hours of community service.
Violators are not subject to arrest or imprisonment.
Sagging pants are defined as pants that are more than three inches below the top of the hips, exposing undergarments or skin.
“This doesn’t seek to deter first amendment rights but there is a balance between first amendment rights and decency,” Saltillo City Attorney Jason Herring said.
Saltillo’s new ordinance is similar to a saggy pants ban that passed in Tupelo in February. It will go into effect in 30 days.