Record Number of Fake IDs Seized in New York
A record number of fake IDs were seized across New York State.
New York's efforts to deter underage drinking resulted in a record number of fake identification seizures in 2018, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office.
The year-round Operation Prevent initiative focuses on concert venues, bars, restaurants and alcohol retailers throughout the Empire State.
"It goes without saying that New York State has absolutely zero tolerance for underage drinking, and last year's record number of fake ID seizures demonstrates once again that we are deadly serious about tackling this issue," Governor Cuomo said. "Underage drinking often leads to avoidable tragedies, and we will continue these successful enforcement measures to crack down on illegal behavior and ensure the safety of all New Yorkers."
In 2018, 892 fake documents were seized, up from 814 in 2017, officials say. The operation also led to 922 arrests, up from 843 the year before.
In the Hudson Valley, 144 fake IDs were seized and 148 people were arrested. In one Operation Prevent enforcement, in December, DMV and SLA investigators ticketed 115 people in a bar in Hyde Park, resulting in the suspension of the facility's liquor license.
The New York State Liquor Authority also issued 1,087 penalties to licensed retailers for underage sales in 2018.
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