Hawaii Bill requiring repeat alcohol offenders to wear alcohol-monitoring device passes House

The Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney has proposed a package that would require repeat alcohol-offenders to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring bracelet such as a SCRAM device.  HB306 passed the House and was is awaiting approval at the Senate.  If passed, the bill would require 90 days of continuous remote alcohol monitoring as a condition of bail release.  The bill would apply to repeat intoxicated drivers that are currently awaiting a pending criminal investigation or prosecution for one or more prior charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant or habitually operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.  The bill is set to take effect on July 1, 2050 if passed.  Law enforcement agencies throughout Hawaii have voiced their support for the proposal.  Participants who are unable to pay for the monitoring can petition the court for financial support.

Jurisdictions requiring repeat offenders to wear 24/7 alcohol monitoring devices have seen a reduction in drunk driving recidivism.  The Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office cites results from a Pennsylvania study where only 11 people of over 500 that were monitored, consumed alcohol during the required reporting period.  SCRAM continuous alcohol monitoring has proven effective.  The bracelet tests participants every 30 minutes for alcohol consumption.  Bracelets are tamper-resistant and water-resistant allowing the wearer to shower normally.  The advanced technology in the device can detect whether an alert is caused by alcohol consumption or an outside component.