U.S. Embassy Cautions Spring Breakers Traveling to Mexico

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico is alerting spring breakers traveling to Mexico to take precautions against a variety of risks. A security alert posted by the embassy Wednesday lists problems travelers may face — and ways to help avoid them.The country has a Level 2 rating from the State Department, meaning Americans should "exercise increased caution" because of crime. Eleven of Mexico's 31 states have a higher risk rating: Level 3, which signifies people should "reconsider travel." Five states have a Level 4 — or "do not travel" — warning.Specific risks include:Sexual assaultU.S. citizens have reported rape and sexual assault at some resort areas, the embassy said. People who are drunk or alone may be targeted.Travelers are encouraged to stick with friends at clubs and bars and when walking in dimly lit areas or taking taxis at night. People should use radio taxis that are summoned through a dispatcher.Unregulated alcoholA yearlong investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked into more than 150 reports from travelers at resorts in cities such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen who said they blacked out while they were drinking. Some were robbed or assaulted.The embassy encourages people to keep their drinks in sight at all times and seek immediate medical attention if they begin to feel ill. Unregulated alcohol cases should be reported to the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk by emailing contactociudadano@cofepris.gob.mx.  Continue reading...

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