ITHACA, N.Y. — Nearly 50 people were caught with fake driver’s licenses or IDs that don’t belong to them in a multi-agency drinking enforcement crackdown this weekend.
The Ithaca Police Department took part in a detail with New York State Police, Cornell University Police and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles on Saturday. Police said they focused on the sale of alcohol to people under 21 and well as the possession of alcohol by people under 21.
In total, 49 people were charged with a NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law section 509-6 violation. The violation can come with a fine of $75 to $300, a driver’s license suspension of up to a year and up to 15 days in county jail.
Police said Plum Tree Restaurant on Dryden Road sold at least one alcoholic beverage to someone under 21. At Silky Jones on the Ithaca Commons, 14 people were found in possession of a driver’s license that was either fake or belonged to another person, and 34 people were caught at Moonies Bar, also on the Commons.
All of the people were issued appearance tickets returnable to Ithaca City Court.
In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York State Liquor Authority and the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles would be teaming up with local law enforcement agencies to crack down on underage drinking on college campuses and in college towns as the fall semester begins.
The announcement said businesses charged by the State Liquor Authority with underage sales can face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation and repeat offenders can have their liquor license revoked or suspended.
No information has been released about whether the bars and restaurant will face any penalties.