SCRAM stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor. It continuously monitors your sweat for the presence of alcohol to see if you’ve been drinking. When it detects alcohol, it notifies authorities that you are in violation. In Montana, it can be used to help monitor repeat DUI offenders. But, because the science it relies on is fallible, there should be limits to its use.
Montana is one of 46 states using SCRAM technology. The SCRAM bracelet has become a typical part of DUI Court treatment programs, like the Kalispell Municipal DUI Court. The cost of using the bracelet is put on the offender, but often keeps them out of jail. Nationwide, the cost ranges from $12-$15 per day.
But the technology used by SCRAM bracelets is not perfect, and should not be relied on as the sole evidence used to send someone to jail. As a tool to encourage sobriety, and help Court monitor a defendants treatment, the bracelet can be beneficial to everyone involved.