Police to crack down on underage bar patrons over holiday break

Online Staff Report

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) has announced that Secretary of State Police have stepped up efforts to crack down on underage drinking at bars statewide during the holiday break.

Over the past weekend, police caught 14 people using fake identification cards during efforts on Division Street and Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s dangerous,” said White. “Don’t risk losing your driving privileges, paying a fine or going to jail. Illegal consumption of liquor can result in alcohol overdoses or potentially deadly drunk driving crashes. We want to send a message to young people to think twice about using a fake ID.”

Those caught using fictitious, fraudulent or someone else’s identification can face a one-year driver’s license suspension, revocation, fines from $2,500 to $25,000, as well as jail time. The establishment selling alcohol can also face charges.

The Secretary of State Police administers the Cops in Shops program, where undercover officers visit establishments serving liquor statewide throughout the year.

The Secretary of State Police implements the program while partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Liquor Commission as well as other local law enforcement agencies.

Posted Dec. 20, 2012

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