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I was appointed to the traffic safety position at the middle of 2013.

I have also gained the most stringent certification of drug recognition expert. In addition, I am the only currently trained collision reconstructionist.

This county was having at least one or two major injury or fatal collisions per year. Those collisions almost always involved an impaired driver, speeding and no safety belts. Before the DUI emphasis patrols, most of our DUI arrests were post-collision.

Now, we are arresting the impaired drivers before they get the chance of hurting a member of the community or themselves. My enforcement actions will not stop.

I have spoken with Sheriff Nou and will continue to arrest the impaired driver, I will stop the speeder, the person talking with the cellphone to their ear, the person not wearing their safety belts, or not stopping at stop signs. I will address the vehicle equipment violations, especially the lack of taillights and brake lights.

This I do for the safety of the community as a whole. I do not make the laws and I am not the venue to rant and rave about them.

For those few that do not agree on the law, then contact your legislators, they make the law. I took an oath to uphold all of the laws—I don’t have luxury to agree or disagree with them.

In addition, my family is being verbally attacked both in person and online. My wife and kids are now being publicly questioned for my enforcement actions of Christmas Eve.

There is a small but loud group of people in this county that believe they should not be subjected to the laws of the state of Washington because they live here or were born here; I hear it on a regular basis at my traffic stops. They firmly believe we have better things to do than to bother them.

The "good-old-boy system" is gone. All of the deputies in the state of Washington are trained by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and they mandate the highest ethical and moral standards of the officers they certify. For those who cowardly attack my family because of what I am required to do, you should be ashamed.

If anyone has a problem with my duties then address them with my supervisors, not my family. My family and I did not surrender our civil rights when I became a deputy.

For those who quietly come to us and tell us that they feel bad for what is happening, thank you for your concern. Stand up for what you believe and do not let the loud few make policy for the entire county.

Whoever you are and whatever you do, do it correctly, using the proper venues. Stop the personal attack, the rumor-mongering and the downright viciousness.

Felix Menjivar

 

 

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