Alcohol Monitoring Systems
There are numerous instances in which alcohol monitoring can be a viable solution. Following a DUI case or domestic violence situation, the judge may order alcohol monitoring. There are two ways to monitor alcohol consumption. The most common is a handheld breathalyzer, which can be connected directly to a vehicle to ensure that the driver is now over the legal limit before operating a vehicle. The other method is via an ankle bracelet, which tests perspiration for alcohol.
Ankle Bracelet Alcohol Monitoring
The most common method of alcohol monitoring is via an ankle bracelet. An ankle bracelet is useful, as it doubles as a GPS monitoring device. Following sentencing, the bracelet will keep track of alcohol consumption by occasionally testing the perspiration of the wearer. Many systems test every 30 minutes, and this information is transmitted directly to local law enforcement, who can read the data and determine how best to respond.
Some key benefits of the ankle bracelet method include:
- Greater accountability
- 24/7 alcohol testing capabilities
- Comprehensive information from the monitoring period
- Monitor curfews and schedules
- Eliminate testing gaps
- Provide admissible and court-validated information/equipment
- Saves time, resources, and money
- Ensures long-term behavioral change not possible via incarceration
Breathalyzer Alcohol Monitoring
The other option is a breathalyzer. A breathalyzer is typically either handheld or connected directly to a vehicle, which will not start if alcohol is detected. Today’s top models even include a small camera built into the device. This camera ensures positive identification of the individual during the breathalyzer test.