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Pennsylvania's SCRAM bracelet program

The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole is one dozens of state agencies around the country to have adopted the use of electronic monitoring bracelets to combat drunk driving. Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring, or SCRAM, bracelets detect even trace amounts of alcohol in an offender's bloodstream, and they offer a number of benefits to both law enforcement and the individuals who wear them.

Factors that could trigger a DUI charge

Pennsylvania residents who are taken into custody after a DUI are likely going to be charged with a misdemeanor offense. However, there are some cases in which a DUI could be upgraded to a felony, which comes with enhanced penalties and long-term ramifications. A DUI is sometimes considered a felony based on a driver's blood alcohol content at the time he or she is pulled over.

Drivers of rental cars entitled to privacy, Supreme Court rules

Pennsylvania residents who borrow a rental car from a family member or friend should be aware that, according to a Supreme Court decision, they are entitled to the same protections against illegal police searches. This decision, which was handed down on May 14, came after the Trump administration argued that those not named on a rental agreement should be able to be searched without the person's consent.

Repeat offender bill approved by Pennsylvania House

According to a Pennsylvania lawmaker, approximately one-third of drunk drivers who are taken into custody or convicted on a DUI charge are repeat offenders. Data from Pennsylvania Parents Against Impaired Driving shows that 40 percent of drunk driving fatalities are caused by repeat DUI offenders. A bill to increase penalties for drunk driving passed the state Senate 45-4. If it ultimately becomes law, it would make it a felony to have four or more DUI convictions within 10 years.

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