Last Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the State Liquor Authority and the state Department of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with local law enforcement, will conduct sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and illegal sales to minors.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“State and local law enforcement are taking proactive measures to deter underage drinking and hopefully prevent the dangerous and potentially life-altering consequences that can come with it. As the new college semester begins, this crackdown will help put an end to underage drinking and hold accountable those who enable it.”

He also noted that any person under 21 who is caught using a fake ID to purchase alcohol can be arrested and have their driver’s license revoked for up to a year. Businesses charged with selling alcohol to minors face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.