State To Crack Down On Under Age Drinking In College Towns

Will target college bars

Richard Root
August 24, 2017 - 3:25 am

Albany, NY (WBEN) - If you're a bar owner, run a liquor or convenience store, and you're in a college town (or city, as the case may be), you better be checking ID's.

The Governor's office announced yesterday state agencies will conduct coordinated operations targeting underage drinking by college students.  The operations will coincide with the beginning of the fall semester.

The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, will conduct statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and illegal sales to minors.

"As the new college semester begins, this crackdown will help put an end to underage drinking and hold accountable those who enable it," Governor Andrew Cuomo said about the sweeps.

818 individuals were arrested during a similar crackdown at the same time last year. Law enforcement also confiscated 862 fake licenses.

Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. Additionally, businesses charged by the SLA with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation. Repeat offenders also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses.

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