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Alcohol Monitoring Bracelet
SCRAM – Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring

Each year, thousands of drivers across the United States are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Although the penalties vary based on the nature of the offense, a DUI sentence often includes license suspension, community service, and jail time. Repeat offenders—individuals with one or more prior DUI convictions—often face additional penalties, such as mandatory alcohol treatment or counseling. In some cases, the court may also require the person to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet in order to prevent him or her from committing any future alcohol-related crimes.

As the name suggests, an alcohol monitoring bracelet is a device that is used to keep an eye on a person’s alcohol intake. Typically worn on the ankle, the bracelet continuously monitors its wearer’s transdermal alcohol content (TAC) to detect any recent alcohol consumption. The device most commonly used for this task is known as a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring) system.

So exactly how does the SCRAM bracelet work—and what is transdermal alcohol testing anyway? In the same way alcohol can be detected on a person’s breath via a breath testing device, the substance can also be exposed through the skin and identified by an alcohol monitoring bracelet. Like sweat, alcohol is excreted through the skin. The SCRAM system, therefore, repeatedly tests the user to identify any alcohol that migrates through his or her skin.

If even the smallest amount of alcohol is detected, the SCRAM bracelet sends a signal to a monitoring facility, where it is recorded and sent to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The individual may then face additional penalties and charges for violating the terms of his or her original sentence.

In addition to detecting alcohol use, the SCRAM bracelet can also identify tampering attempts. If, for example, the wearer tries to remove the device or places an object between it and his or her skin, the system will alert the monitoring facility. As a result, the bracelet can only be removed by a law enforcement officer after the specified alcohol monitoring period is complete.

If you were recently charged with DUI, make sure you understand the consequences of a conviction. Contact an experienced DUI attorney in your area today to discuss your case.


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