Law enforcement cracking down on fake IDs, underage drinking at summer concerts


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York State DMV investigators and New York State Police, in cooperation with local law enforcement, have launched a 2017 summer concert crack down.

“Operation Prevent” investigators will conduct sweeps at venues this summer including SPAC, Darien Lake, Jones Beach, Canalside in Buffalo, CMAC in Canandaigua and the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, as well as other events where underage concert goers are likely to gather. 

During the concert season, authorities will check IDs.

The governor’s office reminds concert-goers that people under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents to purchase alcoholic beverages can be arrested and risk having their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. 

“From Buffalo’s Canalside and Darien Lake, to SPAC and Jones Beach, New York offers some of the nation’s greatest summer concert venues, and with the launch of this program, we will crack down on underage drinking at these concerts to help prevent bad decisions and stop avoidable tragedies,” said Gov. Cuomo. “Make no mistake, using a fake ID is illegal and the consequences that come with it just aren’t worth it.”

The DMV held its first concert enforcement on May 18, making 12 arrests at the Brad Paisley concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center and 55 arrests at the Future concert at Darien Lake on May 24.

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