There are a number of criminal consequences to a DWI charge. One of the most common for repeat DUI offenders is home monitoring. The SCRAMx bracelet is an alcohol monitoring device that successfully combines continuous alcohol monitoring (CAM) and house arrest in one court-validated device.
SCRAMx is most commonly used with repeat DUI / DWI offenders, but can also be ordered for first-time offenders who have aggravating circumstances. Courts may sentence offenders to SCRAMx in order to deter their likelihood of drinking and driving as well as assess their alcohol dependency levels in order to recommend individualized courses of treatment.
The device is a small bracelet usually attached to the recipient’s ankle. SCRAMx has a 24/7 transdermal alcohol detection plus house arrest technology in its light weight, tamper-proof, and unobtrusive design.
Transdermal alcohol monitoring means that alcohol is measured “through the skin” or by the concentration of alcohol within perspiration which is constantly given off by the skin. The bracelet measures the level of ethanol vapor in the skin. This information can be used to determine the amount of alcohol consumed by the subject, as well as the time period in which it was consumed. Transdermal testing cannot determine exact BAC levels but can qualitatively determine if a subject has had a small, a moderate, or a large quantity of alcohol.
The information travels through the SCRAMx base station which plugs directly into an analog telephone line in the subject’s home or office. From there, alcohol readings, tamper alerts, and diagnostic data are sent to SCRAMNET for detailed analysis and reporting. This detailed information can be accessed around-the-clock from any location using a standard web browser.
Benefits of SCRAMx include 24/7 complete coverage of behavior, the ability to monitor court-mandated curfew schedules, increased accountability of the judge’s orders, scientifically-proven technology, court acceptance, non-invasive, automated testing, helping to lower recidivism, letting offenders maintain family obligations, hold jobs, and contribute to the community. One of the greatest benefits is cost. The SCRAM bracelet is wildly inexpensive compared to jail.