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Beware of Spring Break danger in Mexico
KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 02/28/2007 | Angela Kocherga

Posted on 02/28/2007 12:21:31 PM PST by SwinneySwitch

Students packing their bags for Spring Break in Mexico may be surprised to find armed Mexican soldiers waiting for them.

The soldiers are there to ward off the drug violence plaguing tourist spots and the border towns.

Most U.S. students already celebrating in Mexico were not aware of the escalating drug violence that sparked the massive crackdown by Mexican authorities.

Every year, the U.S. State Department issues a Spring Break advisory called "Know Before You Go." This year, the advisory says students should know there is increasing violence in Acapulco and they should be "vigilant."

The warning says students should "be especially aware of safety and security concerns due to violence between rival drug gangs in the area." The advice is for students to stick to tourist areas and visit only during daylight and in early evening hours.

Mexican authorities agree that tourists are not the target of drug gangs, but they can get caught in the crossfire. Recently, two Canadians were injured when gunmen fired into their Acapulco hotel lobby.

More coverage • KENS video: Beware of Spring Break dangers in Mexico

In Cancun, the most popular Spring Break destination, the biggest danger for students is not bullets, but alcohol abuse. It leads to accidents, arrests and violent crimes such as rape.

Authorities say in most cases Spring Break safety starts at home with the students before they cross the border.


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cancun; mexico; springbreak
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SPRING BREAK IN MEXICO – “Know Before You Go!”

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/spring_break_mexico/spring_break_mexico_2812.html

1 posted on 02/28/2007 12:21:35 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: mickie; digerati; Robert Drobot; angelsonmyside; GOPPachyderm; Issaquahking; thegreatbeast; ...

PSA Ping!

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2 posted on 02/28/2007 12:23:12 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (Mexico-beyond your expectations!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

It doesn't make any sense. Why go to Mexico, when the US destinations are just fine and comparably priced (even cheaper by my estimation): Myrtle Beach, Daytona Beach, Panama City Beach, Lake Havasu, South Padre Island, etc.


3 posted on 02/28/2007 12:24:05 PM PST by NYCynic
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To: SwinneySwitch

No need to do spring break in Mexico anymore...


...Mexico is coming to me!


4 posted on 02/28/2007 12:24:39 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: SwinneySwitch
Also stay away from hotel balconies in Cancun.
The railings are too short.
5 posted on 02/28/2007 12:25:29 PM PST by AU72
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To: NYCynic
It doesn't make any sense. Why go to Mexico, when the US destinations are just fine and comparably priced...

Easy. The drinking age in Mexico is 18.

6 posted on 02/28/2007 12:25:32 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("fyi, i CAN get you banned."--stand watie)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Smoke, Kidnapping and Rock 'n Roll
7 posted on 02/28/2007 12:28:10 PM PST by pabianice (LLY)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Although I've traveled to some "exotic" places in my day,I've never set foot in Mexico and never will.Never! Crime tops the long list of reasons for my position.
8 posted on 02/28/2007 12:28:16 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Heck, just go to Aruba!


9 posted on 02/28/2007 12:29:24 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Go to Norway. See the lovely fjords.


10 posted on 02/28/2007 12:35:16 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Why anyone would go to that corrupt crap hole of a country on "vacation" is beyond belief.....


11 posted on 02/28/2007 12:38:21 PM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: NYCynic

"Why go to Mexico, when the US destinations are just fine and comparably priced "

Well intentioned drinking laws raised the drinking age to 21.

So now the students simply go to Mexico where its 18.

Just another example of the law of unintended consquences.

now instead of protecting "kids" from drinking, they go to Mexico where they are in much more danger.


12 posted on 02/28/2007 12:38:48 PM PST by dman4384
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To: SwinneySwitch
Most of the "Younger" people I know are headed to points elsewhere. Lots of travel agents also reporting travel to Mexico is down by at least 60 percent.

Can't really blame them, why go somewhere that is inundated with drug related killings, so bad that soldiers have to patrol the resorts.

Most Spring Breakers I know are heading to FLA/Bahamas and the like. Would also not bother with Puerto Rico, unless you enjoy having to watch eveything you bring 24/7.

13 posted on 02/28/2007 12:41:36 PM PST by Post-Neolithic (Money only makes Communists rich Communists)
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To: NYCynic
It doesn't make any sense.

Yes it does. The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18, while it's 21 in the US. The average collage student is under 21.

14 posted on 02/28/2007 12:42:56 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Shhh, Iím hunting RINOs.)
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To: HiJinx
 
 

15 posted on 02/28/2007 12:50:33 PM PST by Dr. Marten (Bush Immigration Policy: No Illegal Alien Left Behind! (http://thehorsesmouth.blog-city.com))
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To: ClearCase_guy

I've been pinin' for the fjords.


16 posted on 02/28/2007 12:58:58 PM PST by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: NYCynic
Ah, but have you been to Matamoros for a evening?

I have got a great story, but decorum prevents me from repeating it here...

17 posted on 02/28/2007 1:01:03 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: SwinneySwitch
I've dealt with cases involving students who died in accidents in Mexico on Spring Break vacations. It's pretty pathetic to read how blitzed a group of young people will get. Yes, I was young once but I also encounter a lot of parents who think their kids' drug and alcohol abuse is just what they did in college, and think it's normal.

Normal on average maybe, but also incredibly stupid.

18 posted on 02/28/2007 1:01:25 PM PST by Williams
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To: ClearCase_guy

"Go to Norway. See the lovely fjords."

That could be risky, too. Animal testing reveals that withdrawal symptoms after leaving the fjords could be life-threatening. See Cleese, Palin, et al.


19 posted on 02/28/2007 1:03:58 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: NYCynic

They can drink in Mexico.


20 posted on 02/28/2007 1:07:19 PM PST by CindyDawg (Duncan Hunter.......shhh! You aren't supposed to know about him.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Amen to that. My best friend went down to Mexico about six years ago on a fishing trip.. They found him three months latter in a shallow grave, no sign of the new truck he was driving. Mex. is the last place on earth I would go to let alone spend one dollar.


21 posted on 02/28/2007 1:11:49 PM PST by fogofbobegabay
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To: NYCynic
Also, there is just something fun about going to Mexico. Once a year or so I still go to Progresso to shop. The kids like to hang out there. Unfortunately many are naive and think and act like they are still in the US. They don't understand that they can be targeted and arrested , with parents having to pay big bail or be kidnapped for who knows what kind of bad stuff.
22 posted on 02/28/2007 1:12:29 PM PST by CindyDawg (Duncan Hunter.......shhh! You aren't supposed to know about him.)
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To: CindyDawg

Ya, sounds like lot's of fun: if you come back alive.


23 posted on 02/28/2007 1:16:33 PM PST by fogofbobegabay
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To: Post-Neolithic

"Would also not bother with Puerto Rico, unless you enjoy having to watch eveything you bring 24/7."

Not true. Puerto Rico is a fun and safe destination. The number of Spring Breakers increase every year, even if we really don't care for that type of crowd.


24 posted on 02/28/2007 1:17:55 PM PST by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: fogofbobegabay

You asked why...not if they should.


25 posted on 02/28/2007 1:19:00 PM PST by CindyDawg (Duncan Hunter.......shhh! You aren't supposed to know about him.)
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To: AU72

"Also stay away from hotel balconies in Cancun.
The railings are too short."


My sister's best friend's boyfriend died falling off one of those balconies. Best advice to parents; don't allow your children to leave the country.


26 posted on 02/28/2007 1:19:36 PM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yër ?


27 posted on 02/28/2007 1:21:51 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: fogofbobegabay

We send the Yankee's grannys and grandpas back every year. You don't here about them getting into much trouble. They stay in groups and get back before dark. They shop and eat and stay out of clubs. The kids would have a fit but maybe we should pair them up with the Grey Foxes:')


28 posted on 02/28/2007 1:22:20 PM PST by CindyDawg (Duncan Hunter.......shhh! You aren't supposed to know about him.)
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To: cll

I suppose things could have changed over the past 10 years.


29 posted on 02/28/2007 1:25:26 PM PST by Post-Neolithic (Money only makes Communists rich Communists)
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To: Post-Neolithic

We did have a crime wave around the time you mention, but nothing even close to what's happening in Mexico.


30 posted on 02/28/2007 1:37:27 PM PST by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: fogofbobegabay
I went on a fishing trip several years ago in Baja, Mexico and had no problem. We camped most of the time on the beaches. The cops were friendly and checked to see if we had any trouble with the locals. And the locals checked in with us also. However, I do believe it could be dangerous. Where was your friend vacationing when he lost his life?
31 posted on 02/28/2007 1:40:01 PM PST by mickey finn
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To: dman4384
now instead of protecting "kids" from drinking, they go to Mexico where they are in much more danger.

But, the BEST part is now the parents go with the kids....and it's perfectly OK with the parents if the kids drink down there, because "Well, in Mexico it's legal to drink when you're 18. Oh, no, of course my little darling won't continue to drink when s/he gets back home."

Nothing like sending a mixed message, and don't get me started on "Why in the heck are parents going on a kid's senior trip????"

32 posted on 02/28/2007 1:45:20 PM PST by blu (All grammar and punctuation rules are *OFF* for the "24" thread.)
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To: taxed2death

They are not going there for a family vacation, they are going there to do things with strangers they'll never see again that would make them feel ashamed if their parents, future spouse, or if anyone in their home town saw it or knew they did it.


33 posted on 02/28/2007 1:46:34 PM PST by Jason_b
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To: mickey finn

My friend was doing just that, camping at a place called San Nicolas. I think he just forgot he was not in the US anymore. They think he was bludgoned to death in his sleep (camping on the beach). If it was not for the El Nino that year I don't think anyone would have found his grave.


34 posted on 02/28/2007 1:57:11 PM PST by fogofbobegabay
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To: SwinneySwitch

We should at least close the border southbound.


35 posted on 02/28/2007 2:09:49 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: NYCynic
Why go to Mexico, when the US destinations are just fine and comparably priced...

Because the diving in Cozumel is some of the best in the world? That's why I go.

36 posted on 02/28/2007 2:11:45 PM PST by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: fogofbobegabay

I'm sorry about your friend. I didn't see your post before I posted mine, or I would not have reposted about the Winter Texans to you.


37 posted on 02/28/2007 2:17:44 PM PST by CindyDawg (Duncan Hunter.......shhh! You aren't supposed to know about him.)
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To: wolfcreek

Every year, they go off balconies here too on South Padre Island.


38 posted on 02/28/2007 2:20:37 PM PST by CindyDawg (Duncan Hunter.......shhh! You aren't supposed to know about him.)
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To: CindyDawg

Thanks. I think the Winter Texans should bear in mind that the value of a human life is considerably dicounted once they cross the boarder.


39 posted on 02/28/2007 2:22:42 PM PST by fogofbobegabay
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To: fogofbobegabay
Yeah. I think some of them are canceling trips too. Not everyone is going to though. My DIL goes across occasionally and I have a family member there today for dental work. Makes you nervous. We caution them to be vigilant and careful.
40 posted on 02/28/2007 2:30:25 PM PST by CindyDawg (Duncan Hunter.......shhh! You aren't supposed to know about him.)
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To: fogofbobegabay

Is San Nicolas on the mainland or Baja?


41 posted on 02/28/2007 2:30:44 PM PST by mickey finn
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To: CindyDawg

"Every year, they go off balconies here too on South Padre Island."


I notice that when We visited there. Not only that but, it was loose. Needless to say, We avoided the balcony especially, after a few drinks.




42 posted on 02/28/2007 2:32:16 PM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I'm pining for them.


43 posted on 02/28/2007 2:38:44 PM PST by gogeo (Democrats want to support the troops without actually being helpful to them.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

spring break in Mexico ? you mean Oxnard ?


44 posted on 02/28/2007 2:40:16 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: mickey finn

It's on the way to Ensenada.


45 posted on 02/28/2007 2:42:47 PM PST by fogofbobegabay
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To: SwinneySwitch

Mexico? No thanks we gave it up several years ago.


46 posted on 02/28/2007 2:43:31 PM PST by Ditter
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To: unixfox
Baloney!
Try Bonaire. Netherlands Antilles
47 posted on 02/28/2007 2:51:33 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Don't get excited. It is simply our turn in history to cut Islam back..)
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To: SwinneySwitch

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/spring_break_mexico/spring_break_mexico_2812.html


48 posted on 02/28/2007 3:45:04 PM PST by radar101 (LIBERALS = Hypocrisy and Fantasy)
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To: SwinneySwitch

IF you go to Mexico:
You are either:
A.
Really Ignorant
or
B.
Have a death wish


49 posted on 02/28/2007 3:46:49 PM PST by radar101 (LIBERALS = Hypocrisy and Fantasy)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Go to Norway. See the lovely fjords.



Go to Detroit. See the lovely Fords. And the Chevys too!

Detroit, New Orleans of the north (without the flooding).
50 posted on 03/14/2007 6:00:34 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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