Pants on the Ground, Pay a Fine

City officials vote to fine people $250 for saggy pants

By Todd Wright
|  Friday, Dec 10, 2010  |  Updated 7:06 AM EDT
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Opa-Locka Baggy Pants Fine

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RIVIERA BEACH, FL - APRIL 23: Two youths wear their pants with the underwear showing on April 23, 2009 in Riviera Beach, Florida. Recently Palm Beach Circuit Judge Paul Moyle ruled a Riviera Beach city law banning sagging pants is unconstitutional in the case of a 17-year-old who was arrested and held overnight in jail for breaking the law. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Opa-Locka Baggy Pants Fine

The battle over baggy pants in South Florida was kicked up a notch when the Opa-Locka commissioners approved adding a fine to their city ban.
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If you plan on traveling to Opa Locka any time soon, make sure to wear a belt.

City officials toughened their already strict fashion rules by adding a $250 fine to anyone caught with saggy pants in city limits. Violators could also opt for 10 hours of community service.

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The fashion police will be on high alert in city-owned places like parks and schools.

The unanimous vote Wednesday night would have made General Larry Platt proud and could pave the way for the American Idol wannabe to make a run at mayor.

Other cities in Florida have tried the droopy drawers law, but so far there is no evidence that higher britches translates into less crime and more community pride as many advocates of the laws proclaim.

State legislators even tried to bring the fashion police into schools.

To be on the safe side, it is a lot cheaper to buy a belt.

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