Watch out people of New Roads. You may soon be facing the "fashion police." Pointe Coupee Parish is following suit behind Vermilion, Lafourche and Calcasieu parishes. All are trying to ban sagging pants, a fad that many adults were hoping would be wearing out by now. As WAFB's Anna Adair reports, some officials believe the fad is obscene and dangerous.
Law enforcement agents in Pointe Coupee Parish are cracking down on crime and may soon be cracking down on fashion as well. If a proposed ordinance goes through, those caught with their pants hanging down low might find themselves paying a high price. New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald says, "Up to six months on the first conviction or fined up to $1,000."
Melanie Bueche, president of the Pointe Coupee Police Jury, says this fashion fad is not only a faux pas, it can be dangerous. She says, "Actually, one nearly got run over by a car crossing the street and his pants fell down, and another one, whose pants got caught up in a bicycle chain and he nearly ran into the path of car."
However, some people in the area say the proposal is just plain ridiculous. Jodie Melancon says, "Economic growth, development, those are things I'm concerned about, not baggy pants."
Despite the fact that some residents are concerned that this law would infringe upon their freedom of expression, Bueche has no doubt that come decision time, this ordinance will be made law. She says, "It's gonna pass. Oh, I have no doubt it's going to pass."
A public hearing on the "sagging pants" ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th in New Roads.
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