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* Sonoma Co. Bringing SCRAM Program DUI Montitoring To County

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A new program to monitor multiple DUI offenders is coming to Sonoma County.District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said the SCRAM program, Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, will use an ankle bracelet to take alcohol readings every 30 minutes through the skin of DUI offenders and others whose crimes are alcohol related. Sonoma County authorities will brief the press on the SCRAM program at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.The program will be court-ordered for most participants and others may voluntarily participate to demonstrate their sobriety, Passalacqua’s office said. Notifications of confirmed violations regarding alcohol use are submitted immediately to court or a reporting authority through fax or e-mail.A follow-up phone call will verify consumption of alcohol, tampering with the bracelet, or a failure to download the half-hour readings.SCRAM will also be used for domestic violence cases and in family court where alcohol abuse is a concern, Passalacqua said.

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