Governor Andrew Cuomo has had it up to here with youngsters across the Empire State getting all kinds of wasted while listening to live music. Every summer, a countless number of doggone trouble makers head to outdoor music venues with fake IDs and try to score a glass of hooch. But their joy ride is coming to an end, so long as the governor has anything to say about it.
On Wednesday, Cuomo announced his "Operation Prevent" initiative, which directs DMV investigators and state police officers to crack down on fake IDs at summer concerts statewide where "underage concertgoers are likely to gather." Jones Beach will be one of the targeted venues, so if you're under the age of 21 and are super stoked to see Nickelback or Third Eye Blind in the coming months, you best plan on staying sober.
"Underage drinking and the abuse of alcohol by minors will not be tolerated," New York State Police superintendent George Beach said in a statement. "Safety is our top priority and we will be diligent in working with our partners to discourage, detect and apprehend underage users."
Investigators will be roaming venues across New York with portable document verification machines to verify IDs. Any whippersnappers who are caught with felonious papers are subject to having their licenses revoked for a minimum of 90 days and up to a year.
Perhaps this initiative will keep the pesky youths from killing your vibe at the upcoming Dave Matthews Band concert. At the very least, it ought to keep the children of New York a bit safer, which is always a cause worth supporting.