Saggy pants ordinance passes in Vermilion Parish - KLFY News 10

Saggy pants ordinance passes in Vermilion Parish

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The Vermilion Parish Police Jury have passed the "saggy pants" ordinance. Ten days from now, it will be illegal to expose underwear or have excessively baggy pants in all unincorporated areas of the parish.

Nickname the "saggy pants ordinance", several municipalities including Abbeville, Delcambre and Erath already have a similar ordinance.

Police Jury member Ronald Darby, District 4, said he along with ministers in the surrounding communities. They formed a coalition to stop violence, particularly in Abbeville. However, the issue of sagging pants continued to plague them.

"The community is tired of the disrespect," he began. "Every time you open your eyes or walk down the street, someone's pants are falling down."

The ordinance would take up to two weeks to go into effect. If caught in violation of the new law, one could face up to 90 days in jail and/or be faced with up to $500 dollars in fines.

"Also, every parish public building would have a sign saying that it's a parish ordinance and it's against the law to carry yourself in that manner," Darby explained.

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office will be in charge of enforcing the new rule. Darby said while some towns and cities in the parish already enforce the law, rural area, jails and fishing piers are still faced with the problem.

"These guys are going out there trying to fish with their pants falling down and sometimes you can see their private parts. There is no peace. There is nowhere for people to go with their families and enjoy themselves."

Resident Chris Hebert agreed," I was young once and I used to do it but now I see these guys going around and its really bad when you can see the underwear. I'm a family man and I have a wife and she had to see that. It's inappropriate."

Some community members said it was a waste of time and money and people would be better off just looking the other way. Darby said it's time for people to stop ignoring the matter and take a step up.

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