LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In a few weeks, travelers, many of them college students, will run for the border for spring break. The State Department has issued an alert about heading south. The latest alert told folks not to go to Mexico. The recent violence and escalating drug war could put a damper on some travelers' fun in the sun.
Some Tech students know they are just weeks away from sandy beaches, but know that it's a different story in other parts of the country. "I know it's going to be different. I'm a little concerned about safety and kidnapping stuff but I think I'll be fine if I stick with my friends and don't get drunk," says Tech student Kelsey McCann.
But there is a difference between the Mexico beaches and border towns according to Lubbock travel agent Ronnie Miller. "It says Mexico in general, but when you get down to details you find what they're really talking about is Juarez, Chihuahua and Mexico City where there's known drug cartel problems. They are saying look don't put yourself in situation and get caught in crossfire," adds Miller.
The escalating drug war near the Texas-Mexico border prompted the State Department to issue the warning, though there have been killings in resort locations like Acapulco and Cancun.
Mexico was on the mind for some students but only for a minute."They said no, not even South Padre. We talked about Florida but nowhere near Mexico," says student Deland Spencer.
"It's a bummer because we were looking forward to it. My Dad is like please please do not go, so we aren't going," says Jasmine McWashington.
"I'm not that concerned. I don't go into the city I stay where the tourism stuff is - I think I'm going to be good," says Jenny Mayantx.
Miller says the key to a safe trip is common sense. "Parents and kids need to think about safety, whether it's domestic or international travel use common sense and be safe and you can still go and have a good time," says Miller.
Texas Tech will release a memo to students next week warning them of the dangers that exist in Mexico right now.
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