Cuomo Announces Record Number Of Fake ID Seizures In 2018
New York State's effort to deter underage drinking resulted in the seizure of nearly 900 fake IDs in 2018.
The year-round "Operation Prevent" initiative focuses on concert venues, bars, restaurants and alcohol retailers throughout the state.
The State seized 892 fake documents as part of the initiative last year, up from 814 in 2017.
"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 Andrew 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 addition, the State Liquor Authority issued 1,087 penalties to licensed retailers for underage sales in 2018.