Texas DPS urges holiday travelers to avoid Mexico
POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:10am
UPDATED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 11:45am
AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning
Texans to avoid traveling to Mexico during the holidays.
DPS Director Steven C. McCraw says Mexican drug cartel-related
violence continues in northern Mexico border cities as well as in
popular tourist towns, such as Acapulco and Monterrey.
McCraw says the safety of holiday travelers "cannot be
guaranteed if they venture into Mexico."
Authorities say kidnappings, cartel turf wars and battles
between cartels and law enforcement have escalated in recent years.
Although McCraw says his agency knows that people safely travel
and vacation in Mexico each day, the increasing risk of violence
cannot be denied. He said innocent bystanders aren't always spared.
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