SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelets have been used to monitor over 12,500 people in Illinois according to authorities. Most of these are high-risk repeat DUI offenders. Continuous alcohol monitoring has helped law enforcement and collaborative court programs to attack the underlying addiction to alcohol by requiring complete sobriety during the monitoring period. SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelets have saved taxpayers money across the state by providing a safe alternative to mandatory jail sentences. The alcohol monitoring efforts are part of a growing campaign to combine supervision with treatment in the hopes to reduce drunk driving and alcohol-related recidivism.
In Illinois and across the country, jurisdictions have started requiring repeat offenders or high-risk DUI defendants to wear the SCRAM CAM bracelet as a condition of their release or their plea agreement. The device tests for alcohol consumption every 30 minutes and requires complete sobriety. Offenders are monitored for up to 180 days. Participants in the program are required to pay the costs of the device and monitoring relieving the burden on taxpayers. Monitoring is completed by the company and incidents of alcohol consumption are immediately reported to the supervising court or probation department.