by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - Taking that short drive to Mexico during spring break may not be the safest thing to do at the moment; at least that's what the Department of Public Safety says.
"I'll probably visit my dad, or go on a road trip," Student, Bettye Binning said.
With spring break about a week away for most schools, students are eager to plan their trips, but those who were thinking of a drive to Mexico might want to think again.
"All travelers particularly students are asked to avoid those areas in border towns because of drug cartels," Cpl. Shanna Malone said.
DPS advises vacationers to avoid areas that are especially known for drug related violence.
"There is increased violence down there. The state department issued a travel advisory. It's basically all the northern cities. Juarez is a prime example that experiences these violence," Malone said.
Some students NewsWest 9 spoke to say they're aware of how dangerous traveling to Mexican border cities can be.
"It just seems unsafe. I don't know with me being young and not knowing about the area. I don't think it's a good idea right now," Binning said.
"Usually when I go to Mexico, I go to places like Cancun where there is a lot of people my age and lots of supervision," Student, Jarrett Milan said.
DPS officials say if anyone is looking to travel to Mexico during spring break, take extra precaution.
"Be aware of your surroundings, always pay attention," Malone said.
The U.S. Department web site also lists travel alerts related to violence in Mexico. DPS officials also say they will increase patrol on the roads during spring break week.