The Herald Bulletin

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Nation & World

June 12, 2013

New Jersey town approves boardwalk ban on saggy pants

WILDWOOD, N.J. — Wearing your pants too low in one New Jersey shore resort town is about to get expensive.

Wildwood has passed a law banning overly saggy pants, providing for fines of between $25 and $200 for violators.

The law was passed Wednesday. It prohibits pants that droop 3 inches below the waist, exposing skin or underwear.

Mayor Ernest Troiano (troy-AHN'-oh) says many longtime visitors to the popular shore town have complained about having to look at people's rear ends "hanging out" while walking the boardwalk.

Civil libertarians say the law is unconstitutional and likely will be overturned if it's challenged in court.

The ban takes effect July 2 and applies only to the boardwalk.

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