Boone County Unveils Anti-Drunk Driving Tool

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BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Boone County State's Attorney's Office is unveiling a new tool it will be using to deter drunk driving.

It's called the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, or SCRAM, ankle bracelets. According to the Boone County State's Attorney's Office, it can determine if someone has been drinking alcohol by testing perspiration once every half hour. The device can also detect if the person has been tampering with it. All costs are paid by the offender. That's $8 to $15 a day.

Judges can order offenders with a history of drunk driving to abstain from any alcohol as a condition of bond or as a sentencing condition. If the offender violates the condition, the State's Attorney's Office will file a motion to increase or revoke bond or a petition to revoke probation and ask the judge to take the person back into custody. A hearing would then determine whether the judge would allow the offender to be released back on bond with any new conditions or to resentence the person to jail.

SCRAM has already been used successfully in other jurisdictions. Those have resulted in a lower rate of recidivism.

"We hope that the SCRAM bracelet will give us one more tool to keep our streets safe from repeat drunk drivers," Boone County State's Attorney Michelle Courier said. "When they are sober long enough, these offenders are able to make better choices and hopefully will not reoffend."

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