Florida city wants to extend saggy pants rule to women

Commissioner says some women need to improve their image

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OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - Women with saggy pants aren't welcome in Opa-Locka.

While the South Florida city banned pants that expose undergarments in 2007, commissioners are considering revising the ordinance to allow police officers to ticket men -- and women -- who violate the rule.

The Miami Herald reports Commissioner Dorothy Johnson is sponsoring the change. She says she believes some women in the city need to improve their image. She wants to get some community feedback before offering the potential ordinance revisions in December.

Violators currently face a $500 fine, which is double the original amount, or 25 hours of community service. Sentences are determined during a hearing by the city's code enforcement board and a city magistrate.

So far this year, 72 people have been ticketed for wearing baggy pants.

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