A record number of fake identification seizures and citations were issued last year in New York as part of efforts to deter underage drinking and promote health and public safety.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says a total of 918 fake IDs were seized and a record 1,016 citations were issued to people attempting to buy alcohol while underage.

The enforcement initiative aims to help educate young New Yorkers and prevent avoidable tragedies on the roadways.

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

The seizures and citations are part of the Operation Prevent initiative, a year-round enforcement effort led by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). It focuses on cracking down on underage drinking and the sale of alcohol to minors at concert venues, bars, restaurants and alcohol retailers throughout the state.

In 2019, DMV investigators carried out enforcement sweeps at 127 locations statewide.