Texas Issues Spring Break Warning

March 8, 2012 by staff 

Texas Issues Spring Break Warning, For the second year in a row, the Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a warning to college students to avoid travel to Mexico during the highly traveled week of spring break.

However, the warning has now expanded from last year to include four more states to avoid, now totaling 14 of Mexico’s 21 states, including popular beach destination Cancun.

In San Antonio, perhaps due to the proximity to Mexico, college students said they were not planning to visit Mexico for the vacation week.

Last month, 22 passengers from a Carnival cruise ship were robbed at gunpoint during a planned excursion near Puerto Vallarta, an area that is not well-known for violence against tourists.

The TDPS warning did not specify the incident in its warning.

Seasoned traveler and travel agency owner Patricia Stouts says the warning has little impact on her company, Alamo Travel. She says she does not cater to spring break students and has not experienced any drop of business. She does see a potential problem when students travel there with an agenda to party.

“People who are going to go after you are really looking for someone who is vulnerable. So if you fit the profile, if you’re drunk, when you are not paying attention, things can happen,” Stout warns.

She recommends anyone traveling to Mexico strictly remain at their resort for safety’s sake, and only venture out with trusted and secure guides.

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