“Avoid traveling in Mexico during Spring Break and stay alive,” advised the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) earlier this week.
In a statement released on Tuesday, TxDPS urged Spring Breakers “to avoid traveling to Mexico because of continued violence”. They also warned of danger to boaters on Falcon Lake, asking them to stay away from the Mexican side of the lake. Cartel activity continues to remain high in that area, and there have been several robberies and the murder of a U.S citizen, according to the statement.
The issue regarding the safety of Spring Break 2011 travel to Mexico is controversial. The publisher of Catalina Magazine, Cathy Areu, insisted on tonight’s episode of the Fox News show “Hannity” that travel to Mexico was safe. She said “It is safe to go to Mexico. Everything you’re hearing about has nothing to do with the tourist towns. Tourism is up in Mexico, 6 million Americans go to every year… you haven’t heard of one incident in any tourist town.”
However, she was hotly debated by Hannity and his other guest, attorney and Fox News Contributor Mercedes Colwin, who stated that murders have gone up 700% in the last four years, 200 of those murders were of tourists, according to Colwin. Areu responded that those murders were not related to the drug cartels and did not happen in the tourist section of Acapulco.
TxDPS said in the statement that while many do travel to Mexico without incident, the risk cannot be ignored. “While drug cartel violence is most severe in northern Mexico, it is prominent in other parts of the country as well,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw in the statement. “Various crime problems also exist in many popular resort areas, such as Acapulco and Cancun, and crimes against U.S citizens often go unpunished.””