booze bracelet' is the latest import which Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit hopes will cut drink-related violet crime. An asbo with a difference, because it monitors an offender's alcohol consumption. Data from the tag is sent remotely to a computer and if alcohol is detected the system alerts the authorities.
The tags, costing £850 each, are currently used in the US for drunk drivers who are repeat offenders and shortly US representatives will bring the first batch of bracelets to Glasgow for testing. The bracelet already has the approval of the Scottish government, the courts, the Crown Office and even defence and human rights lawyers.
If the pilot scheme is successful in reducing violent crime, it will be rolled out across Scotland.
Whilst I would welcome a reduction in alcohol-fueled violent crime, how long will it be before this technology is used to monitor smokers and those who eat themselves into obesity?
Will these booze bracelets become the latest badges of honour for criminals?
The funding of the scheme has not yet been decided and it won't be cheap. Twenty four hour monitoring is usually a costly business and the police will certainly refuse to fund this from their budgets. In all probability it will be managed by the UK's largest company you've never heard of and paid for by the Scottish government.