State funding for the UW-Madison Resource Center on Impaired Driving is going to end in October. I am surprised and disappointed by this decision.

For years the center has provided training, advice and support to those who work on the front lines on issues related to impaired driving. This assistance is available to the public as well. Check the center's website (www.law.wisc.edu/rcid/) to see all the services the center provides.

Impaired driving statutes have been changed many times over the years by the state Legislature. The center was always there to help law enforcement officials and prosecutors keep current on both statutory changes and new case law. This was not an easy task. I was the beneficiary of resource center assistance many times during my career in law enforcement.

I hope state officials will change their minds about the decision to end funding. And I thank the center's director, Nina Emerson, and her staff for all their help and hard work over the years.

— Pat Malloy, Madison, retired police lieutenant

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