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Monday, September 14, 2015

A statewide crackdown on underage drinking and fake IDs resulted in 133 arrests and 63 confiscated IDs between Aug. 29 and Sept. 6. Eighty-four of those arrests were at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

At the Aug. 29 Rascal Flatts concert at Darien Lake, 20 arrests were made and seven fake IDs were confiscated. The Luke Bryan concert on Sept. 3 saw 22 arrests and 11 confiscated IDs. A second Luke Bryan show on Sept. 4 resulted in 42 arrests and 14 fake IDs being confiscated.

“Possessing a fake ID and drinking underage is not only illegal, but can also lead to bad decisions with life-long consequences," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "By continuing to crack down on this reckless behavior we are seeking to both avoid needless tragedies and send that message that underage drinking just isn’t worth it.”

In addition to standard techniques employed by DMV investigators, during this crackdown they used a portable document scanning workstation for the first time ever. The document scanning workstation allows investigators to scan the IDs of individuals attempting to purchase alcohol and instantly detect alterations and counterfeits.

During these types of sweeps, anyone in possession of a fraudulent ID is arrested and their fake identity documents are confiscated. Individuals are charged with criminal sanctions and face administrative action that usually results in a suspension of their license for a minimum of 90 days. DMV conducted Operation Prevent sweeps in conjunction with the Albany Police Department, City of Cortland Police Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Park Police.

DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, “Throughout the course of this coordinated crackdown on underage drinking and fake IDs, our investigators ensured that our young adults, and New Yorkers on the roads, were safe. We hope that our efforts continue to send the message that the use of fake IDs is unacceptable, and that underage drinkers breaking the law will be caught.”

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