NY DMV: 16 arrested for underage drinking, fake ID violations

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York Department of Motor Vehicles enforced underage drinking actions at a concert on Wednesday night that resulted in 16 arrests.

The DMV says the arrests were made hours after Governor Andrew Cuomo and DMV officials announced a campaign to curb underage drinking and stop the use of fake IDs.

Unfortunately, some did not get the message and learned the hard way when they tried to use fake IDs to purchase alcohol at SPAC,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “DMV investigators are going to be out there, unannounced, all summer long and beyond, to reinforce the message that underage drinking will not be tolerated.”

Individuals under the age of 21 who use false documents to obtain alcohol can be arrested and have their license suspended for a minimum of 90 days or up to a year.

The summer crackdown is part of Operation Prevent, a DMV initiative that targets concerts, bars, drinking establishments, and events to prevent underage drinking.

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