Campus News Blog: Texas DPS Warns Spring Breakers Not to Travel to Mexico

March 1, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Aida Ahmed

Just a heads up for students who delete SMU mass e-mails without reading them: the Texas Department of Safety urges all Texas spring breakers to avoid all travel to Mexico. SMU forwarded students the official notice from the DPS Tuesday afternoon, with spring break less than two weeks away.

According to the Texas DPS, continued violence, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery and carjacking are the causes of the warning. Preliminary figures show 65 Americans were killed in Mexico in 2010. Falcon Lake should especially be avoided, as it has been the scene of several robberies and a U.S. citizen’s murder. The DPS warns cartel activity remains high in that area.

Travelers can check the U.S. State Department website for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico.

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Mexico are urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through their website.

DPS tips for a safe Spring Break:

Don’t text while driving.
Wear your seat belt.
Don’t drink and drive.
Find a sober friend to do the driving.
Don’t leave your drink unattended, and don’t accept drinks from strangers.
Keep a fresh driver behind the wheel, or stop every couple of hours to rest and walk around.
Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.
Keep your friends close.