In a comparative study conducted by the US Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring) device proved effective in reducing repeat drunk driving offenses. The study looked at a group of 3000 offenders in Wisconsin and Nebraska. The study was conducted over a 2 year period comparing those being monitored through SCRAM and those that were not monitored. The group of offenders monitored by a SCRAM device overwhelmingly performed better than the comparison group. According to the study, there was virtually no recidivism and those that did commit a repeat alcohol-offense did so at a much later date than those that were not monitored.
As jurisdictions across the nation try to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road, they face a stark reality – drunk driving causes hundreds of thousands of crashes every year. Many of these crashes result in serious injury or fatality. In a large number of cases, repeat offenders are responsible for these crashes. Continuous alcohol monitoring through devices such as the SCRAM bracelet have significantly reduced the likelihood that a person will have a repeat alcohol-related offense. Offenders are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for an average of 90 days. During this time an offender may not consume any alcohol meaning they must remain completely sober. Programs dedicated to rehabilitating those addicted to alcohol have been overwhelmingly successful in reducing drunk driving. Most have implemented some alcohol monitoring requirement through a SCRAM device.