NYS to crack down on underage alcohol use at summer concert halls
SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – New York State is going to crack down on minors who seek to consume alcohol during the summer concert series.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that state investigators would patrol venues for popular summer concerts, check for fake IDs and crack down on vendors selling to underage customers.
Operation Prevent will enforce sweeps at locations such as the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater in central New York City in Lakeview. Other locations that will be monitored are: CMAC in Canandaigua, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Jones Beach.
People under the age of 21 who use false identification to purchase alcohol may be ticketed and their license may be revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.
According to the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports, teens who drink are more likely to:
- Being involved in car accidents, suffering from alcohol poisoning, committing or being the victim of murder or suicide.
- Become victims or perpetrators of physical or sexual assault, compared to peers who do not drink.
- Getting into trouble with the law, facing problems at school, or participating in other potentially addictive behaviors such as drug use or gambling.