SCRAM Bracelets: A New Weapon to Fight Drunk Driving

Boone County will use a new device to monitor alcohol consumption of individuals to ensure they don’t commit crimes due to drunk driving.

BELVIDERE - The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, better known as SCRAM, is installed on a person’s ankle. By testing a person’s sweat every 30 minutes, this SCRAM ankle bracelet will make sure people with alcohol addiction can get sober.

"They require these individuals not to consume alcohol the biggest problem that we have right now is that between the orders that are being entered and how it’s being enforced. This devise is going to monitor an individual 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure they are not consuming any alcohol," said Michelle Courier, Boone County State's Attorney.

The cost varies on a case-by-case scenario, and a judge will determine which offenders will use the ankle bracelet.

The organization TASC, which helps people with drug and alcohol problems, believes this method could be beneficial for the county and the offenders.

"It’s a good intervention because people can go to work; if they are not incarcerated they can continue with their employment they can access treatment. They can do the things they need to do to be a productive citizen," Bridget Kiely, a TASC Administrator.

The technology has been used in the past in other Illinois counties and other states.

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