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"Alcohol Detection Bracelets' to be tried in some drunk driving cases in Appleton

APPLETON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Outagamie County is about to use alcohol detection bracelets to keep tabs on repeat drunk drivers in a special treatment court.

The Appleton Post-Crescent says two community foundations have put up $14,000 to buy five bracelets which detect alcohol levels through the wearers' skin every half-hour. They'll be used on fourth-and-fifth-time drunk driving offenders. Also, they'll get more random alcohol tests, as authorities buy three new remote breath-testing devices.

Outagamie County's Drug-and-Alcohol Treatment Court is a voluntary option for substance abuse offenders who want to turn their lives around. Besides the monitoring, participants also get counseling and various forms of treatment.

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