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DPS urges Texans not to travel to Mexico amid ongoing violence across the country

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texans to avoid traveling to Mexico over spring break due to ongoing violence across the country, according to a DPS news release.

“Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity pose a significant threat to the safety of anyone crossing into Mexico at this time,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We have a duty to inform the public about security, travel risks and threats. Based on the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence that we are seeing there; We urge people to avoid traveling to Mexico at this time.”

In addition, the US government also issued recent travel advisories to Mexico and urged travelers to view the latest advisories online, according to the statement. Any US citizen who decides to travel to Mexico must also register with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate prior to his departure, the DPS said.

Although DPS said it understands that many people travel to Mexico without incident, the serious risks cannot be ignored, according to the statement. All travelers are encouraged to carefully research any planned travel or consider postponing or canceling travel to Mexico during this time, DPS said.

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