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Increase Reported In Underage Drinking Arrests In New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Efforts to deter underage drinking by investigators from New York's Department of Motor Vehicles resulted in nearly 760 arrests and the seizure of more than 750 fraudulent identification documents in 2015, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Underage drinking and the bad decisions that can follow have the potential for life-long consequences,” said Governor Cuomo. “I thank these state agencies and law enforcement for their continued efforts to deter underage drinking and to keep all New Yorkers safe.”

DMV investigators worked with law enforcement partners, bar owners and the State Liquor Authority to conduct 53 enforcement actions in 10 counties as part of Operation Prevent. Compared to 2014, 114 more arrests were made in 2015.

“For more than a decade, DMV has been steadfast and unwavering in its commitment to prevent underage young adults from using fake IDs and to stop underage drinking before it starts," said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. "I am proud of the work of our investigators, not only in 2015, but each and every year. DMV will continue to work with local law enforcement throughout the State to deter underage drinking and keep our roadways safe.”

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