• Erie Co. Blotter.

NYS DMV & NY State Police Conduct Underage Drinking Enforcement Detail.

Members of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles along with New York State Police Members conducted an underage fraudulent/fictitious license (fake ID) check with the cooperation of The Steer Restaurant & Saloon located on Main St. in the City of Buffalo.

            Approximately 250 licenses were checked and 11 subjects were found to be in violation of section 509-6 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, Use of a Fictitious/Fraudulent license.  They were released to return to the Buffalo Traffic Violations Agency at a later date.

            One of the subjects, Sheva L. Bhoge, 20, of Schenectady, NY was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th after a small amount of cocaine was observed in his possession. Bhoge was held at Buffalo Police HQ awaiting arraignment.

Did you know:

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for 15 - 20 year olds.

Drivers under age 21 represent about 5 percent of licensed drivers, but are involved in 14 percent of fatal crashes.

Data published in a "Monitoring the Future" study indicated one in ten high school seniors reported driving after smoking marijuana within the two weeks prior to the survey.

Despite a decline in youth drinking, evidence suggests that underage impaired driving is increasing.

More than 5,000 drivers under age 21 were arrested for DWI last lear; over 8 percent of all such arrests.

As a parent, you can not give alcohol to your teen's friends under the age of 21 under any circumstances, even in your own home.

If nothing is done, more young lives will be lost. Help prevent these tragedies by reporting illegal purchase or consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors by calling

1-866-UNDER 21.

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