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Advocacy group encourages students not to drive

4/26/2012

By RANDY GONZALES

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

The Do Not Drive Day planned for Friday at Fort Hays State University by the Global Leadership Project ran into a roadblock.

"I don't think we're going to be able to do it because university police said it wouldn't be possible," said FHSU junior Kelly Nuckolls, the organization's student coordinator.

In an effort to call attention to the need to reduce carbon footprint, the organization hoped to limit motor vehicle traffic on the FHSU campus by blocking off parking stalls Friday, thus encouraging pedestrian traffic and bicycle use.

Ed Howell, FHSU's director of police, said his department has agreed to limit access in the past -- but it is determined on a case-by-case basis. An example might be road improvements. Howell said he was unfamiliar with this particular request.

Even though Do Not Drive Day appears stalled out, Nuckolls still is encouraging people to informally follow the plan -- walk or bike, and don't drive -- in order to decrease the carbon footprint.