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Volunteer Spotlight: Lynne Goughler
By MADD | March 8, 2013| 5 Comments | Filed in: Volunteers

We would like to shine the volunteer spotlight on Lynne Goughler, who was recently awarded the first ever MADD Minnesota Achievement Award in recognition of her years of service in the fight against drunk driving.

Lynne’s dedication to drunk driving prevention stems from the tragic death of her parents, who were hit and instantly killed by a drunk driver in 1992 as they were walking across the street from a restaurant to their hotel. 

Since she began her work in 1996 as a MADD volunteer, she has served as an officer of the MADD Ramsey County Chapter, on the MADD Minnesota executive board, and served two terms on the MADD National Board. 

She currently serving as the Legislative Chair in Minnesota and spends countless hours at the State Capitol serving as the public policy liaison and advocating for tougher anti-drunk driving laws. 

Beyond her legislative work, Lynne continues to volunteer her time for MADD.  A few of her activities and achievements with MADD include:

  • MADD National Board Public Policy Chair from 2003-2005
  • Advocate for 0.08 BAC and primary seat belt laws in MN; testified countless times for these laws and other alcohol-related bills considered by the Legislature
  • Spokesperson for MADD Minnesota policy issues
  • Instructor at MADD’s public policy institutes

We are so thankful to have such wonderful volunteers like Lynne, who are so dedicated to MADD’s mission.  If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer, please find your state here and fill out the volunteer form.



Submitted by I lost one friend, why make it two? at 08:40 PM on September 3, 2014
Also, just to clear up any misleading information "sad Indiana dad" Harry wasn't driving the car. His brother Pete took a photo of harry the day after he got back from the hospital. You were able to see the horrifying seat-belt mark. The seat-belt came from his right side of his body. Now if he were driving, it would start from the left side of his body. I talked to both of my siblings yesterday. Don't make my childhood friend look like a criminal...
Submitted by I lost one friend, why make it two? at 11:11 AM on September 2, 2014
Hello. Me and my brother are very close friends with Trevor and harry. I can clearly remember the next night after the crash, I had not seen my brother in a day or so until he came home and told us the tragic news about Trevor. I remember immediately breaking down to tears holding my brother not wanting to ever let go. I was really upset, and so was everyone i knew. I just was so sad and had sympathy for everyone. Then i heard that there was a case on harry, my brother didn't tell me much because at the time I believe that I was only 14. Recently i saw my brother, and he was really upset. He said something about harry. I am now researching and reading up on the charges he may be facing. I just wish I had any say to whats going on. It would just pain me to see harry possibly going to prison. I think my mom said that someone would have to be pressing charges. If it's you "Sad Indiana dad" then i please ask that you drop them. We all know what you are going through and we are all here to listen to how you feel. We all loved, miss, and cared so much about Trevor, But pressing charges against harry isn't going to fix anything. I know that I'm only a kid, but if i can make a difference about what happens to my friend, then i want to do anything within my power to do so. I really just wish that everyone knew harry like i know him. I really just wish we can speak in person, and its possible. If you are who i think you are, we are a lot closer than you think. If by any chance you read this, tell Zach to tell Zach about this comment.
Submitted by also outraged at 12:41 PM on June 20, 2014
FYI, the trial has been continued twice more since then and is now scheduled for August 2014. His attorney's are trying very hard to get him the above-mentioned "slap on the wrist."
Submitted by outraged at 04:33 PM on August 21, 2013
Hernandez was three times the legal limit...he's delayed the trial to October...what's his point???
Submitted by sad indiana dad at 05:03 PM on March 14, 2013
MUNSTER IN | A Munster man is facing charges in a fatal car crash that killed a man April 15. Harrison Hernandez, 21, of Munster, faces two Class B felony charges related to the accident, Munster police said Wednesday. Police said Hernandez was the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu that was traveling northbound on Columbia Avenue when it left the road, overturned and struck a concrete fence support. The accident killed Trevor Alexander, 22, of Munster, who was a passenger in the car. Police said the two men had attended a party at a friend's house in Munster before the crash. Toxicology reports found that Hernandez had a blood alcohol level of 0.24, three times the 0.08 legal limit, and test results indicated the presence of cannabinoids in his body, Munster police said in a news release. Hernandez faces charges of causing death when operating a motor vehicle with at least 0.15 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood and causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in his blood, police said. Police said Hernandez turned himself in Tuesday at Lake County Jail and was released on a $4,000 cash bond. Hernandez is scheduled for a jury trial in Crown Point IN June 3, 2013. Can anything be done to raise awareness, so he doesn't receive a 'slap on the wrist'?

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