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Fake IDs: Fact vs. Fiction
Here are three common misconceptions about fake IDs.
Fiction #1: Most students at UW-Madison own a fake ID.
Fact: Based on data from the fall 2016 AlcoholEdu survey, 86 percent of first-year students do not possess a fake ID.
Fiction #2: People are allowed to drink with their parents at the Union Terrace.
Fact: Wisconsin law states that a licensed premise, or a vendor, may choose to prohibit consumption and possession of alcohol beverages by underage persons even if they are with their parents, guardians, or spouses.
The choice to prohibit this is just one step that the Union has taken to create a responsible environment.
“The most direct initiative we now employ is the use of the Advanced ID scanners,” says Jim Long, Assistant Food Service Director for the Wisconsin Union. “The ID hardware employs a high resolution camera that also detects infrared and ultraviolet light.”
This allows the scanners, which are stationed at each alcohol service point, to detect fake IDs with incredible accuracy. The Union also has employees walking around the Terrace to assure that IDs are being checked and that no one is being overserved.
“The Union is trying to set the highest standard possible and is trying to be the most responsible establishment that they can be,” says Jenny Rabas, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at University Health Services.
Fiction #3: Getting caught with a fake ID is less costly than other alcohol fines.
Fact: According to the University of Wisconsin Police Department, the fine for possessing a fake ID is $515.50, while the fine for underage drinking is $263.50 and the fine for procuring (providing alcohol to others) is $452.50.
For more information on UW-Madison alcohol policies, visit https://apps.students.wisc.edu/alcoholinfo/.
written by Allison Chang, UHS Marketing & Health Communications