SCRAM System Keeps Eye on DUI Offenders

With this new technology, it would allow for 24 hours a day, seven days a week monitoring of alcohol use for those who aren't allowed to have it. Also, it'll save the county and citizens time and money.

Those who break particular laws in Leon County are going to have to "scram."

Wanda Hunter of the Pre-Trial Release Program, says, "Initially, I think the judges are interested in people charged with alcohol-related offenses, like repeat DUI offenders."

Secure continuous remote alcohol monitor bracelets will be put on the ankles of the accused who are waiting for their trial, and have been warned by a judge; as they wait, they are not allowed to drink alcohol.

Wanda Hunter says, “It measures the level of ethanol in the perspiration. On average, a person excretes one liter of perspiration a day."

Those pushing for the bracelets say there are social and cost-saving benefits. LCSO says the scram bracelet costs $6 per day versus $48 per day, per inmate.

The cost savings: $42.

Scott Bakotsa, LCSO Chief Administrator, says, "It gives the judge another tool to take a person in a pre-trial state and keep them out of jail."

Ed DePuy, Leon County Commissioner, says, "So, by having these tools, this monitor, the judges instead of just putting people in jail, this will give them another alternative so the person can work, go to school, pay their bills and not tie up one of the beds in the Leon County Jail."

At least five and as many as 10 scram bracelets will be in Leon County October 1, and will be used on a trial basis.

The person wearing the bracelet will have to download the collected bracelet information into a modem that comes with the bracelet, every day. If they don't, or if alcohol is detected, an alarm will be sent to the proper authority.