Crackdown on underage drinking at summer shows

Posted at 10:58 AM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 10:58:26-04

New York State is cracking down on underage drinking at summer concerts.  Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday that after just two concerts this summer season, 67 people had already been arrested.

DMV investigators, State Police and local law enforcement are working together on what's being called "Operation Prevent".  At the Brad Paisley concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center May 18th, 12 arrests were made, and at the Future concert at Darien Lake May 24th, 55 people were arrested.  At those concerts, police found fake IDs from New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Governor Cuomo promises that law enforcement across the state will crack down on underage drinking at concerts, to help, "prevent bad decisions and stop avoidable tragedies."  The governor went on to warn teens that using a fake ID is illegal, and the consequences that come with it aren't worth it.

The concert sweeps will continue throughout the summer at concert venues including SPAC, Darien Lake, Jones Beach, Canalside, CMAC in Canandaigua, and Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse.