The freckled beauty proudly wore the SCRAM alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet, as a sober statement to the world. The sober statement was dashed after Lindsay Lohan had a relapse on Tuesday sparking rumors that SCRAM was a scam
"Throughout this period, I have received timely and accurate reports from the testing companies," Lohan's lawyer, Blair Berk, said in a statement after her client was arrested Tuesday morning for DUI, possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license. "Unfortunately, late yesterday I was informed that Lindsay had relapsed. The bracelet has now been removed."
Could the bracelet have stopped her from drinking?
There are no sirens or whistles. If the bracelet detects alcohol, it automatically starts checking sweat every 30 minutes instead of every hour to make sure it has a more complete data set for the judge, and tries to find its home modem to transmit the data as its happening.
Could Lohan have just been wearing the bracelet for show, and not have it hooked up?
"That's not possible," says Kathleen Brown, spokesperson for Alcohol Monitoring Systems, which manufactures SCRAM. "The service provider installs the bracelet, and would never install a bracelet that was just for show. The bracelets are always monitored."
Lohan was arrested with cocaine in her possession. Would the SCRAM have alerted monitors if she was taking drugs?
No, Brown tells Us the SCRAM tests only for alcohol consumption, not for use of narcotics or other illegal substances.
Why would anyone wear one of these bracelets voluntarily?
"Brownie points," says DUI lawyer Darren Kavinoky. "[It's] the best way she can prove she is trying to change. The court doesn't have to take her word for it. They have scientific proof." Of course, now that circumstances have changed, Lohan and her attorneys are under no obligation to share the updates with the court, Kavinoky tells Us.