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SCRAM Bracelets Explained

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Dr. Michael J. Carlson, of Mechanicsville, was charged with DUI and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Ashland runner Meg Menzies on Monday morning.

A judge has ordered him not to drink any alcohol, and he'll have a device attached to his body to make sure he doesn't. It's called a SCRAM bracelet, and Carlson must now wear one on his ankle 24 hours a day, seven days a week; it will make sure he doesn't drink one sip of alcohol.

"It's sort of like a GPS monitoring, except it monitors your alcohol levels," said Andrew Green, an attorney who represents drunk drivers.

Some of Green's clients have been ordered to wear the SCRAM bracelet.

"There's no way for them to take it off," Green said.

Dr. Carlson will have a bracelet fastened tightly to his ankle when he posts a $25,000 bond. It will monitor his perspiration levels constantly, and if alcohol is detected, the SCRAM company will immediately notify Hanover County courts.

"It's sort of like keeping someone on house arrest," Green said. "If they leave the house, you know they're going to leave and then in this instance, if they're going to drink, you're going to know immediately."

The SCRAM system isn't cheap, and Carlson will pay $50 to $100 to have it installed, plus almost $15 for the monitoring. He's been ordered not to have any alcohol, and if he does, the bracelet will catch it.

"It's a good way to deter them from drinking, otherwise they're going to be back in court," Green said.

Carlson can't leave jail until the SCRAM bracelet is firmly attached to his leg. His next court hearing is set for April 2.


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