College students all over are preparing for those memory laden Spring Break trips!

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Some will hit the beaches of Florida, some will head to California or Arizona, but the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging students to steer clear of a former, popular Spring Break destination!

In a message released this past Friday, March 10, the DPS urged college students to avoid traveling to Mexico during spring break, and beyond, due to the ongoing violence throughout that country.

“Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat to anyone who crosses into Mexico right now,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We have a duty to inform the public about safety, travel risks and threats. Based on the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence we are seeing there; we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.”

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Of course Texas isn't acting alone with their warning as the United States government has issued similar travel warnings to Mexico.  In fact, travelers are urged to view all the latest of those warnings online. Additionally, U.S. citizens who do decide to travel to Mexico are urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate prior to their departure.

The Texas DPS acknowledges that many people travel to Mexico safely and without incident, but advise that the serious risks cannot be ignored.

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