Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday the results of underage drink sweeps conducted by DMV investigators in 2016.
Across New York State, 862 fraudulent licenses were seized and 818 individuals were arrested for underage drinking.
These are both single year records, surpassing 2015’s record of 752 seized IDs and 758 arrests.
In the Finger Lakes region, 146 arrests were made and 122 fake IDs were seized.
Through the year-round Operation Prevent initiative, DMV investigators work with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct underage drinking and fake ID sweeps at bars, restaurants and concert venues across New York.
“Underage drinking and fake IDs are not only illegal, but often lead to bad decisions that could have life-altering consequences,” Governor Cuomo said. “These enforcement efforts protect young New Yorkers, help prevent unnecessary tragedies, while increasing safety on our roads and our communities.”
Individuals under the age of 21 using fake IDs or false documents with the intent to purchase alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.
Operation Prevent investigations are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to deter underage drinking and keep New York’s roadways safe.
DMV also conducts operations at summer concerts, and at the request of bar owners, law enforcement, and the State Liquor Authority in larger cities and college towns.