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: