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24/7 Sobriety Programs

Turning the Tide of Drunk Driving Through 24/7 Accountability

24/7 Sobriety Programs address repeat drunk driving and other alcohol-related offenses by separating participants from the root cause of their crimes: alcohol. Offenders are supervised through either breath testing or transdermal alcohol monitoring, and are subject to swift and certain consequences for violations.

SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring has been an essential part of 24/7 programs since the concept launched in South Dakota in 2005. Today, both SCRAM CAM and SCRAM Remote Breath are supporting 24/7 programs in their work to promote safer roads and communities.

The 24/7 Program Model

In 2005, South Dakota launched the first 24/7 Sobriety Program, aimed at tackling the state’s DUI epidemic. At the time, South Dakota had one of the highest DUI rates in the nation: more than 20% of adults admitted to having driven drunk, and individuals with a BAC of 0.15 or higher were involved in 75% of fatal crashes.

Frequent and regular alcohol testing is at the core of the 24/7 Program model. Every single DUI offender is supervised for alcohol consumption. Each program uses a variety of technology, such as SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring, twice daily testing at a breath-testing center, SCRAM Remote Breath, and ignition interlock. The majority of the testing is offender funded, and a state indigent fund subsidizes costs for participants who qualify.

24/7 Sobriety Programs have a simple but effective response to violations: Offenders who fail or miss a test, or who have a confirmed drinking event on SCRAM CAM, are swiftly and immediately escorted to the local jail. 

South Dakota’s success has inspired other jurisdictions to implement the 24/7 model. In recent years, five states including North Dakota and Montana have launched statewide 24/7 Sobriety Programs, and nearly two dozen additional states have programs or legislation in the research and planning phases. And late in 2015, Congress approved grant funding to encourage states to adopt 24/7 Sobriety Programs to reduce drunk driving.

Case Studies

SCRAM CAM in 24/7 Sobriety Programs

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24/7 Sobriety Implementation Guide

Over the past decade, the 24/7 Program model has been replicated statewide in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana. Similar programs have also launched in several other states including Washington, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Florida. This guide, which pulls together documentation from the country’s leading programs, is designed to assist jurisdictions that are interested in introducing a 24/7 Sobriety Program. 

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Sober Days are More Than Sober Moments

The Importance of Sober Days

The goal of 24/7 Sobriety Programs is to reduce drunk driving and alcohol crimes by ensuring offenders are sober 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Only SCRAM CAM’s 24/7 monitoring regiment provides true Sober Days.

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Using SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring

24/7 Sobriety Program Statistics

  • In South Dakota, alcohol-related traffic deaths declined by 33% from 2006 to 2007, the highest decrease in the nation, after implementation of statewide 24/7
  • Since then South Dakota has seen an additional 25% decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities
  • South Dakota has had a 93% compliance rate with 24/7 participants monitored by SCRAM CAM
  • 98% of participants in North Dakota’s 24/7 program successfully complete the program
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