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Mexico Spring Break Warnings: The 2011 Edition

The DPS has released its annual "Don't Go To Mexico" campaign.
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The DPS has released its annual "Don't Go To Mexico" campaign.

Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano...the middle of March in Texas sees the migration of college students to the coast for some fun,  sun and relaxation during spring break.  One other yearly tradition is the Department of Public Safety warning the young partiers to keep it all north of the boarder border.

In a release this morning, DPS Director Steven McCraw warned travelers that, "drug violence has not discriminated.  Innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties.  Underestimating the violence in Mexico would be a mistake for parents and students.  Our safety message is simple: avoid traveling to Mexico during Spring Break and stay alive.”

The release lists several recent incidents, including the death of an ICE agenet and two El Paso teens in February.

For more information on the warning you can visit the U.S. State Department's travel site.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.