After today Seattle DUI arrestees are about to meet a new monitoring device. The Seattle Municipal Judges announced today that the Seattle DUI Probation officers who monitor pretrial release of many people charged with a Seattle DUI will be providing the DUI Judges with another alternative in addition to the ignition interlocks and the transdermal, sweat measuring ankle bracelets (SCRAM).
New and untested this pretrial release option appears to be most similar to the very portable handheld breath testing devices that officers carry in their pockets and that many remember blowing into the moment prior to being handcuffed and stuffed in the squad car. A fuel cell device at its core, SOBERLINK is sold as a package that takes a picture of the person blowing, measures the breath alcohol level, and delivers the data via a cellular connection - a camera, a cell phone, and a PBT, all in one.
It appears to be cheaper, just under ten dollars, while SCRAM is $15 per day, and more mobile because you can swim, bath, and pass through metal detectors without restriction. It may even have a location function.
The question of false positives remains though. Drivers with Ignition Interlocks, also fuel cell breath testing devices, are familiar with the false positive from sugar based alcohols that lock up their cars at inconvenient times.
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