State issues record number of citations in 2019 to combat underage drinking

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According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York state seized a record number of fake identification last year, and issued more than 1,000 citations to underage people.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 1:30 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 1:37 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York state seized a record number of fake identification last year, and issued more than 1,000 citations to underage people.

This was part of the Operation Prevent initiative, which is an enforcement effort lead by the Department of Motor Vehicles to crack down on underage drinking.

"Underage drinking is a serious and dangerous offense that will not be tolerated," Cuomo said. "These record numbers underscore our strong commitment to cracking down on underage drinking and holding those who enable it accountable."

There were 918 fake IDs seized compared to the 892 taken by authorities in 2018. The citations were up nearly 100 from 922 to 1,016.

The Mohawk Valley had the second-most citations and seizures, with 202 and 229, respectively.

The State Liquor Authority also conducted 165 operations at 2,253 locations across the state. These operations led to 480 charges of selling alcohol to minors.

Here is a breakdown by region:

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1962225

Reported Deaths: 51204
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings2593439882
Queens2589849503
Suffolk1904633298
Nassau1746733095
Bronx1723656353
New York1297814289
Westchester1240922234
Erie795801681
Richmond694401737
Monroe595391030
Orange45320782
Rockland45148935
Onondaga35415659
Dutchess27449430
Albany23323342
Oneida21214497
Niagara17712332
Broome17098348
Saratoga14122159
Ulster12755241
Schenectady12228190
Rensselaer10465135
Putnam1002391
Chautauqua8205132
Chemung7033133
Oswego685790
Ontario672091
Steuben6169141
St. Lawrence611394
Sullivan595868
Cayuga577890
Jefferson538163
Wayne511967
Cattaraugus501580
Genesee4996121
Herkimer4856107
Clinton444132
Madison423185
Tompkins400049
Fulton396186
Livingston392658
Montgomery3802114
Columbia379399
Cortland350260
Warren331455
Tioga330458
Wyoming319851
Allegany312983
Otsego310246
Greene306674
Chenango300773
Washington279555
Orleans269783
Lewis240833
Franklin236512
Delaware210336
Seneca184356
Schoharie149815
Essex148326
Yates109126
Schuyler97513
Hamilton2962
Unassigned16389
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