Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association urge Spring Breakers to use caution if traveling to Mexico
Violence of Special Concern for Travelers to Mexico
Thursday, March 10, 2011 -
As many college students gear up for the spring break holiday in the coming weeks, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) remind our young adults to be careful if they opt to travel to
According to a travel alert issued in September 2010 by the U.S. State Department:
“Resort areas and tourist destinations in
It is imperative that
Special precaution should be taken anytime an individual is visiting an unfamiliar destination. Below are some security tips for students and others who choose to visit
General Safety Tips
- Travel on main roads during daylight hours. As much as possible, use toll (“cuota”) roads, which are generally more secure.
- Leave an itinerary with a friend or family member not traveling with you, and avoid traveling alone.
- Visit legitimate businesses and well-known tourist areas during daylight hours. USE COMMON SENSE.
- Do not engage in illicit activity, and avoid areas where criminal activity could be reasonably expected.
- Avoid hailing taxis on the street, and only use taxis associated with organized taxi stands (“sitios”).
- Check with your cellular provider to confirm your mobile phone is capable of roaming on GSM or 3G international networks.
- Maintain control. Monitor your alcohol intake.
- Do not accept a drink from a stranger, regardless of whether you are male or female.
- Do not display expensive-looking jewelry, large amounts of money, or other valuable items.
- Travel/tour as a group as much as possible. Being part of a group does not guarantee “safety in numbers,” but it does lessen the risk.
If you are driving by car through
Travelers should always check with
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.