What is a SCRAM Bracelet?
The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor or otherwise known as the SCRAM ankle bracelet is a device used by judges and probation officers in Washington State to determine if an individual has been drinking alcohol. The SCRAM is permanently affixed to a person's lower leg, above their ankle, like a traditional tether.
Why is a SCRAM Bracelet Required?
In most DUI cases, a SCRAM bracelet is not required, however it usually required as a condition of release at the arraignment for those individuals who have prior DUI offenses, or if their blood/breath alcohol content was high at the time of the arrest. If the SCRAM bracelet is ordered by the judge as a condition of your release at your arraignment, you will be required to wear the bracelet the entire time. It will not be removed until the conclusion of your DUI case.
How does the SCRAM Bracelet Work?
When you drink alcohol, your body will excrete sweat. Depending on how much alcohol has been consumed the sweat will contain a certain level of ethanol. The excretion process occurs regardless if you have visible sweat. The SCRAM bracelet monitors the sweat through the process called transdermal alcohol testing. The SCRAM bracelet measures the ethanol vapor in the perspiration.
The SCRAM bracelet tests automatically every 30 minutes and there will be a slight vibration as the device is taking the reading. The bracelet stores all data that is read until it can be downloaded to the base station. The downloads are set up ahead of time and you are required to be within 30 feet of the base station during the scheduled download time. The base station can transmit the information to your assigned agent by either using a telephone line or a wireless router. An internet connection is not required, just electricity to function and transmit the data properly.
The SCRAM bracelet has the ability to detect tampering, obstruction or damage to the device. The SCRAM bracelet cannot be submerged in water. Taking baths or swimming is not permitted. However, showering is permitted and it is recommended that the area touching the skin be thoroughly cleaned with alcohol free soap and water. The area will need to be dried completely to avoid skin irritations.
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