Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as M.A.D.D., came into existence in 1980 through the actions of a grieving mother whose 13-year-old daughter was killed by a repeat-DUI offender. Since then, the organization has cut the number of drunken driving fatalities in half. Between its inception in 1980 and 2015, an estimated 300,000 lives have been saved thanks to the efforts of M.A.D.D. M.A.D.D. has worked in the areas of public awareness as well as on the legislative front. It was partially thanks to the efforts of M.A.D.D. that all 50 states now have a .08% blood-alcohol threshold. They have also campaigned to get 25 states to require ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers.
People reports on a donation to M.A.D.D. made by Sarah Hyland after the death of her cousin.
Actress Sarah Hyland is giving back in the wake of the death of a family member.
Hyland’s teenaged cousin Trevor Canaday died in an alleged drunk driving accident earlier this month. In an attempt to affect positive change, Hyland made a sizable donation to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization.
Hyland’s uncle, Bryan Canaday and his son, Trevor were driving to a show choir event when driver Jeffrey Eggerling collided with the Canaday’s vehicle. Trevor was ejected and died after being transferred to a hospital. The father suffered from serious injuries.
Eggerling tried to flee the scene on foot and was found a short distance away and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. According to police, Eggerling’s breath smelled of alcohol and he was slurring his words.
Initially, Eggerling was booked on charges of leaving the scene of a serious injury collision and two counts of DUI serious bodily injury. However, since Trevor succumbed to his injuries, additional charges are still pending.