State kicks off crackdown aimed at underage drinking

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A law enforcement crackdown on fake IDs and underage drinking at state concert venues kicked off this week, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. State police and investigators will be on patrol at popular summer concert venues this year as part of Operation Prevent, cracking down on underage drinking and the use of fake IDs to purchase alcohol. The enforcement campaign will last throughout the summer.

Operation Prevent sweeps will be conducted at CMAC in Canandaigua, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Jones Beach on Long Island, and the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse.

“As we continue to overcome the tragedies of the past year, I urge everyone to celebrate responsibly. Through this enforcement effort, investigators are working together to combat a dangerous problem and keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said. Operation Prevent is a joint operation conducted by investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Liquor Authority, the state police, State Parks Police and local law enforcers. Officials said anyone under the age of 21 caught using a fake ID to buy alcohol can have their license revoked for at least 90 days and up to one year.

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