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Ahh, Time For The Annual Ritual Of Spring Break
It is time for college students and even some high school students from around the country to make that annual pilgrimage to the warm climates for that week of partying and debauchery also know as spring break.
In the past all parents had to worry about was the excesses of drinking and the problems that can create, sun poisoning, fighting and maybe personal belongings getting stolen. As with everything else the times have certainly changed, and while the majority of the tourist areas are most likely perfectly safe, this is one more thing that parents and guardians have to worry about and be aware of.
The United States Department of State has seen fit to issue a travel alert to Mexico due to increases in the level of violence there. This is not at the level of a travel warning, but is still something that people need to be aware of. It is mainly targeted at those cities along the U.S. border, but needs to be read in any case.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Crime and Violence Throughout Mexico (2/20/09)
The greatest increase in violence has occurred near the U.S. border. However, U.S. citizens traveling throughout Mexico should exercise caution in unfamiliar areas and be aware of their surroundings at all times. Mexican and foreign bystanders have been injured or killed in violent attacks in cities across the country, demonstrating the heightened risk of violence in public places. In recent years, dozens of U.S. citizens have been kidnapped across Mexico. Many of these cases remain unresolved. U.S. citizens who believe they are being targeted for kidnapping or other crimes should notify Mexican officials and the nearest American consulate or the Embassy as soon as possible, and should consider returning to the United States.
What ever happened to going to the Catskills?