MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- Some northwestern Indiana officials are pushing for a local ordinance banning low-riding pants out in public that they say flash too much underwear.

Merrillville Councilman Don Spann says he's seen many people walking along the street with their pants hanging around the buttocks and that many residents support the Lake County town adopting some clothing rules.

The Times of Munster reports ( ) the proposal would impose possible fines, but not criminal charges, for people wearing their pants more than 3 inches below the hip in public places.