The Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) is cracking down on the use of false identification. With a grant received from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), the agency recently spent $10,000 to combat the problem in Mississippi. “Arrest reports have shown that up to 25% of the minors we have contact with are using some form of false identification” said Chief Mark Hicks, Director of Enforcement for the ABC.
As result of this grant, law enforcement officers around the state will be provided with information that teaches how to validate driver licenses and other identification cards. Additionally, educational materials will be distributed to high school seniors and college freshman around the state. A brochure, Don’t Borrow Trouble, warns teens of the potential problems associated with using fake identification.
Persons who use and possess false identification can be fined up to $500 and/or jailed for 30 days. During 2007, ninety-nine (99) minors were arrested for possession of false identification by the ABC.
Fake identification cards can be purchased from internet sites, made on a home computer, or borrowed from an older friend or sibling.