Recreation time merits some careful thinking on where to do it
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 7, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated March 6, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.
We hope our youth read this. Everywhere, it is spring break season. While that means fun in the sun, it also means the odds of something terrible happening has increased.
But that's not all that's increasing over the next few weeks: traffic, large student migrations and the feeling it's OK to party - anywhere, anytime and any way. We don't want our youth to be statistics, so please follow some wise advice from our government and law enforcement.
The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Mexico in February.
Students who plan to go to Mexico should try something different. In past years, hoards of students would cross over the border at Brownsville and other points from Port Isabel and South Padre Island to have a night or two of revelry in Matamoras and other Mexican cities. But the Mexican border has grown dangerous because of the drug cartels and unrest about illegal immigration.
"Travel warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country," stated an explanation from the State Department's website - travel.state.gov.
"U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter Transnational Criminal Organizations which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico.
"The TCOs themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity. As a result, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere. U.S. citizens have fallen victim to TCO activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery," according to the website.
In addition to the U.S. State Department, The Texas Department of Public Safety also warns of travel to Mexico. Like last year, the DPS urged don't travel to Mexico and stay alive.
We think it would be wise to heed the wisdom of these warnings. Instead of extreme partying, why not do something to help your community or help around your home and neighborhood?
Otherwise, stay in groups when you travel on spring break, even on this side of the border.
We want our youth to celebrate their break, have fun and stay healthy. Don't take a chance on becoming a statistic.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.