Ankle Bracelets Measure Sobriety
Some Wisconsin judges are making people accused of alcohol-related offenses wear special ankle bracelets to track whether they are drinking. The bracelet's maker, Alcohol Monitoring System of Colorado, believes the device can replace random breath tests.
A couple of beers can trigger the bracelet, which measures alcohol consumption through skin perspiration, according to the device's maker. The bracelet takes a reading and sends the information via wireless modem to a monitoring center. Milwaukee and Racine county court systems have joined an increasing number of systems nationwide using the bracelets.
Some experts doubt the accuracy of the device:
The bracelets have their detractors. University of Washington physiologist Michael Hlastala, who has testified as an expert in two cases related to the bracelet, said he doesn't believe enough is known about the way alcohol diffuses into perspiration. "It's not well enough understood, those mechanisms, to really consider this to be an accurate device," Hlastala said.
As one defense lawyer comments:
"I guess the next step will be to wire it to the nearest police cruiser, and they'll come pick you up."
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