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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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