This week the office of Joe Robach announced a crackdown on underage drinking and fake identification documents at summer concerts and other underage hotspots, which will last through Labor Day weekend. The enforcement will occur unannounced at various concert venues and places where young adults congregate across the state, and will be carried out by the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Division of Field Investigation in partnership with law enforcement agencies.

“Underage drinking is a serious matter,” Joe Robach said in a press release issued by his office. “The bad decisions that follow can have devastating and life-altering consequences. We can help to minimize the damage by by targeting fake IDs and increasing enforcement at concerts. By doing this we will help avoid needless tragedy and will send the message that this reckless behavior just isn’t worth it.”

DMV will be checking the identity documents of people seeking to purchase alcohol at events statewide. Anyone in possession of a fraudulent ID will be arrested and their fake identity documents will be confiscated. Individuals who are arrested face administrative action that normally results in a suspension of their license for a minimum of 90 days.

The announcement of this crackdown follow a Rascal Flatts show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, which resulted in the arrest of 20 concertgoers and the confiscation of seven IDs: one each from Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio; two from Pennsylvania; and two from within New York State. Similar DMV enforcement actions this summer include, but are not limited to:

Venue Date Show Arrests
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) August 16 Brantley Gilbert 12
Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) July 8 Kenny Chesney 21
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 3 Dave Matthews Band 20
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center/
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
June 18/
June 23
Fall Out Boy 113
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) May 31 Lady Antebellum 21

Enforcement actions are supported by the Traffic Safety Committee to deter minors from abusing alcohol and driving while impaired. The legal drinking age in New York State is 21. The Traffic Safety Committee is also targeting drunk and impaired drivers with its 20-day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs until Labor Day. Joe Robach office also noted that the enforcement and education period is aimed at significantly reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs.