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Holiday Drinking and Driving Realities

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we are all starting to feel the crunch of the holidays.  Christmas parties, family get-togethers and other social events pack the last 6 weeks of the year for most of us.  While it is a time of joy and comfort it can also be a deadly period.  The night before Thanksgiving can be one of the biggest drinking...

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State Grant to help Santa Barbara monitor repeat DUI Offenders

A $126,297 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has allowed the Santa Barbara County Probation department to monitor repeat DUI offenders.  According to the Interim Chief the goal is to help repeat offenders maintain their sobriety through increased contacts.  Increased drug and alcohol monitoring will be conducted on a regular basis in the hopes of reducing DUI recidivism.  These high-risk drunk driving...

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SCRAM helps keep drunk drivers off the Road

A North Carolina judge implemented the use of SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelets over 10 years ago to help combat drunk driving.  Even in its inception, the judge could see that the alcohol monitoring bracelets were providing a huge benefit to the participants and the community-at-large.  The SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring) device works by measuring the rate at which alcohol is secreted through...

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Ohio Probation to keep people out of Jail with help from SCRAM

Overcrowded jails are a problem common to nearly every county in the United States. Ohio is no exception.  The probation department at Findlay Municipal Court decided enough was enough and took matters into their own hands.  GPS trackers and alcohol monitors available through the SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelet help to keep defendants accountable while keeping the Hancock County Jail from being too crowded.  In...

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After 4 DUIs Woodbridge Man required to wear life-saving SCRAM device

30-year-old Edward Lamont Tatum, of Woodbridge, was recently convicted of his 4th drunk driving offense.  Judge J. Howe Brown of the Stafford Circuit Court sentenced Tatum to 11 years, 9 suspended after this conviction that included charges for obstruction of justice and DUI while revoked for DUI.  According to authorities, the young man was going over 100 mph last September when he led police on...

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SCRAM Bracelet saving Taxpayers Money

Over 1600 jurisdictions now use the SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring Bracelet.  The device monitors participants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during a specified compliance period.  Many jurisdictions have opted to use the alcohol monitoring device as an alternative to a long jail term sentence for repeat drunk driving offenders.  This has helped to save taxpayers thousands of dollars that would have been...

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Steve Francis Required to Wear Alcohol Monitoring Bracelet

Former NBA Point Guard Steve Francis has been required to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet after violating the terms of his bond.  He was arrested in November for driving under the influence in Houston and for possession of marijuana.  After his arrest, the Houston Rockets star was released on bond and ordered to abstain from alcohol.  He was also required to put an ignition interlock...

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Memphis Engages Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders with SCRAM Monitoring

In 2012 Tennessee HB 3281, made it possible for the state to release drunk driving suspects during the pre-trial phase.  During this release, defendants with multiple DUI offenses are required to wear SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring devices.  All pre-trial offenders with 2nd or higher DUI offenses or those with 1st time offenses with aggravated circumstances are eligible for the program.  Memphis, located in Shelby County,...

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SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring: 20 Years Later

The SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring was founded 20 years ago.  In the past two decades, the alcohol monitoring device has helped hundreds of thousands of participants understand the importance of sobriety.  The SCRAM bracelet today is one of the most technologically advanced systems on the market.  The science behind the device has been improved time and time again as our knowledge of technology improves and...

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Former Yahoo Executive Required to Wear Alcohol Monitor after DUI Arrest

Elizabeth Funk, 47, an early Yahoo executive, entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence.  According to the California Highway Patrol, Funk’s blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit.  At the time of her arrest, her 11-year-old was in the back seat of her car.  She rear-ended the vehicle ahead of her, veering off the highway and crashing into a fence at...

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