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A statewide effort to crack down on underage drinking is set to take place next month.

The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, will conduct underage drinking checks at licensed retailers suspected of selling alcohol to minors, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores.

The SLA will visit 500 locations, assisted at some locations by DMV investigators and at others by local law enforcement.

The enforcement sweeps build upon the successful Operation Prevent campaign, an ongoing initiative conducted throughout the year to deter underage drinking and prevent the use of fake IDs.

Since mid-June of this year, 426 people have been ticketed during Operation Prevent enforcement sweeps conducted at the Darien Lake concert facility in Western New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the Capital Region and several other similar locations throughout New York.

Fake IDs made to look like they are from New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, Ohio, Maine, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana and Alberta, Canada were seized.

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