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Dozens of fake IDs seized during summer crackdown at concert venues involving DMV, SLA, and local law enforcement

State law enforcement officials say nearly 260 citations were issued and 275 fake IDs were seized in this summer’s DMV crackdown.

Over 550 people received tickets in New York under Operation Prevent, which focuses on preventing people under 21 from using fake IDs to purchase alcohol at concert venues.

“New York has so many wonderful venues for live music, and we want people to enjoy them safely,” Governor Hochul said. “By ramping up our enforcement efforts, we will help prevent underage New Yorkers from purchasing alcohol and lower the risk of driving while intoxicated. The safety of our young people is paramount, and I am grateful to the Department of Motor Vehicles and its partners for their efforts to help ensure the safety of New Yorkers.”


State Liquor Authority Chairman Vicent Bradley said underage drinking remains a priority.

“Underage drinking can lead to reckless behavior that can result in dangerous, lifelong consequences. By working with our partners in the DMV and local law enforcement, the SLA has remained committed to keeping alcohol out of the hands of underage youth,” he said. “Working collaboratively this summer, we have continued our mission to discourage both businesses from selling to minors as well as young New Yorkers from attempting to purchase alcohol using fake IDs.”

Cayuga and Onondaga counties, which are part of the Central New York region – saw 41 citations and seizures.



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