South Yorkshire Police will be issuing fixed penalty notices to people that are under the influence of alcohol and have acted in a disorderly way over the festive period.
The receiver of the fixed penalty notice has a choice to either pay the £80 fine or attend two sessions where they discuss the consequences of alcohol misuse.
Superintendent Shaun Morley of South Yorkshire Police said: “We want to promote a sensible drinking culture and create a safer place for people to socialise over the Christmas period. The fixed penalty notices help us to achieve this aim by allowing the police to take quick and effective action against those few individuals who want to behave in a disorderly way. 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.”