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Support Resource Center on Impaired Driving

Published On: May 14 2013 02:53:33 PM CDT

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case about blood draws in impaired driving.

In order to enforce impaired driving laws, local law enforcement and prosecutors need to know exactly what the law is.

In Wisconsin, one could always depend on the Resource Center on Impaired Driving at the UW Law School to provide correct and up-to-date information related to impaired driving case law and statutes.

The Center will run out of funding on Oct.1 of this year. I believe it is funded by Wisconsin DOT grants. To my knowledge, there have been no news stories or editorials about this. I wrote a letter to the editor of State Journal some weeks ago.

The Center is used by law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, defense attorneys, the media, students and the general public. If you look at its website you can see what information is provided.

I worked in law enforcement for more than 33 years at the Madison Police Department. During that time I contacted the Center many times regarding questions that would come up. I also attended the training the Center provided in Appleton at its annual conference.

I think most people would agree that impaired driving is a huge problem in Wisconsin. I think it is very short sighted to defund the Resource Center.

Pat Malloy
Madison

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