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Contributed by David Maley on 03/04/2009
As students prepare to depart for spring break, I want to take this opportunity to call attention to a travel alert issued on February 20 by the U.S. State Department. The alert notes that over 100,000 young Americans are expected to travel to resort areas throughout Mexico over spring break, and while the vast majority enjoy their vacation without incident, drug-fueled violence in the country has increased recently.
Though much of the violence has occurred in border towns, and tourists have generally not been targeted, there have been killings in the spring break resorts of Acapulco and Cancun as well. The State Department urges students traveling throughout Mexico to exercise common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where drug dealing might occur.
Specific safety tips include:
For more information on spring break in Mexico, visit the State Department website:
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