Lawrence group uses Facebook to fight fake IDs

LAWRENCE | A coalition that is working to stop the spread of fake identifications in Lawrence is using Facebook and a program called Fake ID 101.

The group posted an ad on Facebook offering people between 16 and 20 the chance to get a fake ID. During a 60-day period last semester, 5,247 people responded to the ad.

But rather than get a fake ID, they were directed to the website for the New Tradition Coalition of Lawrence, which combats underage drinking and alcohol abuse.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the coalition also beefed up a program started last spring called Fake ID 101. Lawrence police officer Trent McKinley says officers in plain clothes are checking bars and liquor stores, making traffic stops and targeting parties in off-campus homes.