MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - An age-old headache for bar owners and police - minors trying to fake their way into drinking establishments - is becoming more and more complicated by new technology and online counterfeit ID makers from around the globe.
But state and local law enforcement agencies, pointing to Rounders Bar and Grill in downtown Mankato, told the Mankato Free Press (http://bit.ly/2jyRaLt ) that underage drinkers can still be stopped if bouncers and servers are diligent.
The evidence of that sat on the bar of the downtown Mankato business - a half-dozen confiscated passports and hundreds upon hundreds of driver’s licenses and other identification cards taken from would-be patrons of Rounders in the past year or so.
“These are IDs that are altered, faked or just hand-offs,” said Ryan Tucker, general manager of Rounders.
While the hand-offs - when someone age 21 or older shares their ID with an underage friend - are the most common, manufactured IDs frequently show up and are increasingly sophisticated. And they can be ordered on the web, often from overseas sources.
SOUTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A tailgating message hopes to stop underage drinking in Weber County. South Ogden Police Chief Darin Parke says, underage drinking can begin as early as 6th grade. Weber County is sending a message to kids to be alcohol free, not through words but through emojis.
Susanna Burt is a mother of 4 and says these emojis on the back of city and county trucks will resonate with teens. "we are combating all these things such as alcohol advertising on billboards and on TV. This is one more way of reminding parents, like myself, to get involved and talk to my kids and to have the city and county support me as a parent makes me feel valued."
You'll be able to see at least 2 dozen newly minted city and county trucks with these messages. The initiative is a private and public partnership with Weber County, Bonneville Communities That Care and Utah's Parents Empowered.
DMV Investigators Seize 862 Fraudulent Licenses and Arrest 818 Under Operation Prevent Initiative
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that underage drinking sweeps conducted by DMV investigators in 2016 resulted in the seizure of 862 fraudulent licenses and the arrest of 818 individuals for underage drinking, both single year records. Through the year-round Operation Prevent initiative, DMV investigators work with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct underage drinking and fake ID sweeps at bars, restaurants and concert venues across New York. The previous record of 751 seized ID documents and 758 arrests was set in 2015.
"Underage drinking and fake IDs are not only illegal, but often lead to bad decisions that could have life-altering consequences," Governor Cuomo said. "These enforcement efforts protect young New Yorkers, help prevent unnecessary tragedies, while increasing safety on our roads and our communities."
During Operation Prevent sweeps, DMV investigators work with state and local law enforcement agencies to check identification documents. Individuals under the age of 21 using fake IDs or false documents with the intent to purchase alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. A breakdown of arrests and fake IDs seized in 2016 can be found online here.
DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, “Our investigators performed a record number of arrests and license seizures in 2016, and in the process kept New York’s roads safer. No matter the season or time of year, DMV is hard at work on our ‘Operation Prevent’ initiative, which has proven to be a very effective tool in deterring high risk behaviors. I thank Governor Cuomo and our partners at the state and local levels for their continued support of our efforts to prevent underage drinking.”
Today’s announcement supports the Governor’s focus on deterring underage drinking and preventing the purchase of false identification documents. On August 26, 2015 the Governor warned returning college students about the dangers of purchasing fake IDs over the Internet. On June 15, 2016 a crackdown at summer concerts was announced to deter underage drinking, and on August 23 the Governor announced a coordinated interagency effort to combat underage drinking on college campuses.
Operation Prevent investigations are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to deter underage drinking and keep New York’s roadways safe. DMV also conducts operations at summer concerts, and at the request of bar owners, law enforcement, and the State Liquor Authority in larger cities and college towns.
In addition, the SLA continues to aggressively enforce underage drinking laws and provide education and training to our licensees. In 2016, the SLA issued 1,051 penalties to licensed retailers for underage sales. As part of Governor Cuomo’s coordinated effort to combat underage drinking, the SLA hosted eight day-long free compliance trainings for restaurant, bar owners and their staff across the state, with over 500 business owners and more than 750 employees receiving Alcohol Training and Awareness certification since September.
SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley said, “Preventing the sale of alcohol to minors remains a top priority for the State Liquor Authority. Under Governor Cuomo, state agencies including DMV, OASAS and the State Police have coordinated our efforts to crack down on illegal sales and prevent young New Yorkers from purchasing and abusing alcohol.”
New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "The State Police will continue to work with our partners to discourage, detect and apprehend underage drinkers. The use of alcohol by minors all too often leads to needless, preventable tragedies, and it will not be tolerated. I want to applaud all of our partners for their efforts to make the Operation Prevent Initiative a success.”
OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “One of the best ways to continue address underage and binge drinking, and the preventable resulting tragedies, is to focus on education and prevention. Taking an active role in prevention of underage substance use - working with parents, schools, law enforcement, community partners and providers - is an essential part of the solution. Our Talk2Prevent website, www.talk2prevent.ny.gov, has useful tools to help adults talk with young people about the potential risks and dangers of underage and binge drinking and drug use.”
For more information about DMV, please visit dmv.ny.gov.
Tom Reid, director of Great Divide volunteer ski patrol, comes down Hiballer at Great Divide ski area.
A 20-year-old snowboarder was charged with underage possession of alcohol after he became disoriented at a ski area west of Helena and search and rescue crews were called in to look for him.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Tristan Colwell of Helena was last seen at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at Great Divide Ski Area. Crews at the ski area launched a search on foot and snowmobile, but recognizing the coming darkness, called at 3:41 p.m. for Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue to assist.
“It was admirable for them to ask for help. I’m very pleased with the response from the ski hill,” Dutton said.
As the searchers organized around 4:30 p.m. a member of the ski area crew following tracks discovered Colwell, who Dutton estimates was 2 to 3 miles from the area boundary.
“He had been walking and got off trail and kept going,” Dutton said. “He was a substantial distance from the ski area, and had placed his snowboard in the middle of the road and got under a tree to stay warm."
Colwell was told to stay in place, and the crew member who found him dropped down to a ranch and called in the location. Search and rescue was able to snowmobile to the location and transport him out, Dutton said.
Colwell was cold but not hypothermic.
When interviewing him, Dutton says law enforcement noticed a “strong smell of alcohol” and cited Colwell for underage possession.
“He was intoxicated and off on the wrong trail, but I give him credit because he did not lose his sense of survival,” Dutton said.
At 10:05 pm, officers were called to a business in the 10 block of North Last Chance Gulch concerning a female attempting to use another person’s ID to purchase alcohol. An officer is continuing to investigate.
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