'Cards for Cards' aims to get fake IDs off the streets

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    Geneseo, N.Y. – A program held Wednesday in Geneseo aimed to get fake IDs out of the hands of youths.

    The “Cards for Cards” program held Wednesday offered college students gift cards in exchange for their fake IDs.

    Having a fake ID is illegal in New York State. The Healthy Campus and Community Coalition, which organized Wednesday’s buyback, hoped the incentive would help get fake IDs off the streets. But that, the group’s representative said that may not have been the only incentive.

    “I think a lot of kids don’t want that pressure of having it on them, and the thought of getting in trouble over it is a good motivator as well,” said Becca Marotta of the Healthy Campus and Community Coalition.

    13WHAM spoke with two young people who were turning their fake IDs in Wednesday.

    “Personally, I never even used mine. I got it in high school because everyone else got it. I was always too nervous to use it, honestly, every single time,” said Kaitlyn. “So I was just like, ‘You know, I paid $40 for two, so I’m getting $20 bucks back. It’s a great price.”

    “It’s just one of those things that it’s taking up space in my wallet,” said Emily. “It’s actually a good program; I think it’s a great idea.”

    Individuals who turned in fake IDs received gift cards containing $20 of campus cash.

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