I fully support the Shaina's Challenge and in no way wish to disrespect those who wear the bracelets. However the hypocrisy of the entire situation is outrageous. I have seen Shaina's Challenge bracelets all over Havre and think the thought behind the program is great. It would be an even more amazing idea if those who made a promise followed through on that promise.
After Shaina's death and the creation of Shaina's Challenge, many pledged to never drink and drive again, a great promise to make, when it is kept.
As a weekend visitor to a local tavern, I see men and women showing their support of Shaina's Challenge, I also see these same people drink and drive. In that respect I feel like they should either forego the bracelets or find a designated driver. Just like many young adults, I will have a few drinks and enjoy the dance floor. On these nights I always have a designated driver ready to pick me up when it's time to go home. However, I am more often than not the volunteer designated driver. I have no problem staying sober, and I don't feel like I should be the only one. How hard is it for one person in a group of friends to stay sober? Is it more important to get drunk then to get everyone home safe? No. It is a tragedy that a young woman lost her life, but it is even more of a tragedy that young adults didn't recognize the repercussions of drunk driving until someone died.
This letter isn't strictly to those who support Shaina's Challenge; it has just been brought to my attention at a larger scale because Shaina's number was retired at the Montana State University-Northern volleyball game on Friday.
This letter also doesn't involve everyone who wears those pink bracelets. It involves everyone in the world. Drinking and driving is a hazard that everyone should recognize. No one's life is worth losing in a drinking and driving accident. How many more people will have to die until it actually sinks in? Please note that this letter means no disrespect to Shaina, Shaina's Challenge or anyone in particular.
It is just a thought that I think everyone should have, no matter one's age.