How SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring helps to combat drunk driving
Sandoval County, New Mexico offers participants in their DWI & Prevention Program the ability to wear a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring) device in lieu of jail time. The ankle bracelet is worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the monitoring period and requires complete sobriety. This evidence-based system is court approved and can be used in conjunction with house arrest on the same device. Participants must have a source of income to participate in the program and generally pay $4 to $9 per day out of pocket. The Sandoval County DWI & Prevention Program pays the balance.
The program is designed to help those convicted of driving while intoxicated maintain a normal life in lieu of incarceration. The alcohol monitoring device helps ensure that participants are accountable for their sobriety while participating in a treatment program. Participants enrolled in the SCRAMx program that monitors alcohol consumption and home confinement are allowed to go to work, school, home and court approved locations. This ensures that a defendant can continue to work and contribute to society while dealing with any underlying alcohol abuse. Similar programs are located across the country with over 1600 jurisdictions now relying on SCRAM CAM technology.