SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB
DATE: November 14, 2006
CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108
COUNTY TURNS TO HIGH TECH ANKLE BRACELETS TO KEEP ROADS FREE OF DUI OFFENDERS
SAN DIEGO - The County of San Diego is looking to buy some unusual jewelry this holiday season: alcohol-detecting ankle bracelets for convicted drunken drivers.
At the request of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to explore using the devices to keep repeat drunken drivers off local roadways.
“This high tech jewelry doesn’t sparkle. It does something better. It saves lives,” said Jacob, a member of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving San Diego Advisory Board.
“Repeat drunken drivers account for one-quarter of all DUI arrests in our County,” Jacob said. “These ankle bracelets can help us catch repeat offenders before they endanger lives yet again.”
Typically, convicted drunken drivers are prohibited from drinking alcohol as a condition of being placed on probation rather than going to jail, whether they plan to drive or not.
Currently, the San Diego County Probation Department monitors repeat DUI offenders by unannounced home visits and drug and alcohol testing.
Alcohol-detecting ankle bracelets could work 24 hours a day by signaling probation officers to the presence of alcohol in an offender’s system, according to Jacob.
Some 20 states and over 200 agencies already are using the devices to keep better tabs on repeat DUI offenders. Earlier this month, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to create a similar program.