DPS Urging Students on Spring Break to Stay Away from Mexican Border Towns

With Spring Break coming up, many students are making plans to travel on their vacation. DPS officials are urging them not to include Mexico border towns in their plans.

“There is an increase in Mexican drug cartel related violence in the northern Mexican border cities. Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed,” said DPS director Steven C. McCraw.

Officials are also cautioning against other travel-related dangers.

During the Spring Break season, DPS will have extra troopers on patrol looking for DWIs, seatbelt violators and speeders.

“We want Spring Break to be memorable, but in a good way,” said David Baker, assistant director, Texas Highway Patrol. “You don’t want to get arrested for DWI, receive a ticket or be injured somehow because you were irresponsible. Have fun, but please be safe.”

DPS is offering several tips for a safe Spring Break.

  • Don’t text while driving

  • Don't drink and drive

  • Don't leave your drink unattended, and don't accept drinks from strangers

  • Keep a fresh driver behind the wheel, or take breaks every couple hours to rest and walk around

  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained

  • Keep your friends close

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