POLICE are warning revellers to expect to be issued with fixed penalty notices if they are caught in a drunken stupor and deemed at risk of becoming embroiled in alcohol-fuelled disorder.
Those hit with £80 on-the-spot fines can choose to pay them or attend educational sessions where the consequences of alcohol misuse will be discussed.
Officers have been told to issue fines as part of South Yorkshire Police’s annual crackdown on alcohol related crime, including drink driving and violence.
Chief Inspector Shaun Morley, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We want to promote a sensible drinking culture and we feel through the fixed penalty notices this will create a safer place for people to socialise this December.
“Once an officer issues a fixed penalty notice, the recipient will receive a £80 fine. The officer can then ask the recipient to leave the area until the following day or, if appropriate, a maximum of 48 hours. A fixed penalty notice is a way for an officer to defuse a situation by not criminalising an individual for what can be seen as silly drunken behaviour. This will therefore, potentially stop any incidents developing further.
“Being under the influence of alcohol can make you vulnerable – you can become a victim of crime or in some cases break the law and become an offender.
Fixed penalties can prevent anyone getting to this stage.
“The sessions they can attend after receiving a penalty are a valuable way for people to face the consequences of alcohol misuse. We hope that people will learn from these sessions, and subsequently be more aware of their actions.
“It is up to the officer’s discretion on whether a fixed penalty notice is appropriate for the offence committed. If an officer feels that the only appropriate action for an individual is an arrest, an arrest will be made.”
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