In its first ten months of existence, Albany, Ga.’s ban on saggy pants has netted the city nearly $4,000 in fines.
The city’s “Public Indecency Prohibited” ordinance has lead to more than 180 citations since being enacted in November of last year, according to a story in the Albany Herald, with police averaging 20 or so citations a month. At the current rate the city could see an additional $1,500 in revenue before year’s end.
While violators cannot be arrested under they law, they can expect to pay a fine between $25 and $200 depending on their number of infractions of the law.
The ordinance bans the wearing of pants and skirts more than three inches below the hip line. The ordinance also allows the offender to complete 40 hours of community service in lieu of paying the fines.
Albany passed its ban on the heels of Dublin, Ga.’s controversial ordinance earlier in 2010. But the relatively small southern cities aren’t alone in their fight against fashion. A number of other municipalities around the state and around the nation have introduced similar restrictions, or are considering them.
Albany, with a population of little more than 75,000, according to the 2010 Census, is the state's ninth largest city and located about 175 miles south of Atlanta.