Friday, March 5, 2010

Ole! South Padre or bust!

Either stay at home or, if you must go stay in Texas.

Go to South Padre or Galveston, or wherever else, we can use the business here and you will be a lot safer than going into Mexico due to the drug cartel wars.

Wherever you decide to go, please be safe.

DPS cautions of spring break travel to Mexico


The state’s Department of Public Safety, citing gang and drug cartel violence as major problems still in northern Mexico, warns students considering traveling to the border to make other plans instead.

A statement issued by the department Thursday said the safety of students “cannot be guaranteed” in Mexican border towns because of recent cartel activity.

“Be very, very careful,” said Tela Mange, a department spokeswoman, to residents considering going to the border area.

Part of spring break, which the department considers lasting from next week to about mid-April because of varying school schedules, will include increased troopers looking for residents who are driving while intoxicated, without seatbelts and


Mange would not specify how many more troopers would be working during the next month and a half.

The New Braunfels Independent School District is warning students against reckless driving and drinking during spring break with an ad campaign as well as speeches from college students and local law enforcement warning students about drug and alcohol abuse.

NBISD’s spring break starts March 22.

Comal Independent School District’s spring break is March 14-18.

Repeated calls to Comal ISD spokeswoman Ashley Holt were not returned before press time.

About 6,500 people died in Mexico last year in drug-related crimes, according to the Associated Press, though many of those are purportedly police, traffickers and military, but a growing number include civilians.

That’s the worst number since Mexican President Felipe Calderon deployed 45,000 troops in 2006 after declaring war on drug cartels.