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New Hope Police Crack Down On Minors With Fake IDs

New Hope police have charged a number of minors.

A New Hope Borough police SUV. File photo.

New Hope Borough police have recently arrested a number of minors for carrying false identification.

In the time period spanning from December 20 to January 6, the New Hope Borough Police Department has arrested sixteen minors on charges of carrying false identification cards, according to a statement.

The arrests come amid a broader concern over underage individuals engaging in illegal activities such as drinking, fighting, and other forms of disorderly conduct, police said.

The minors are using of fake IDs to circumvent age restrictions at local establishments.

In one incident, a motorist reported a near-miss with a highly intoxicated minor walking in the middle of the road, police said.

Beyond the possession of false identification, two of the apprehended minors faced charges of public drunkenness, another two were charged with underage drinking, and one was cited for disorderly conduct.

In response to the widespread availability of counterfeit identification documents online, the New Hope Police Department has been in contact with the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

Authorities are concerned with the ease of obtaining fake driver’s licenses via the internet, which poses significant risks not only to underage individuals but also to businesses and the general public.

To combat the issue, New Hope Borough police are taking proactive measures by partnering with local drinking establishments, police said.

“Officers will be monitoring patrons as they enter the bars to ensure they do not possess false identification,” police said.

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