Thousands of locals and out-of-towners will be spending their Spring Break in the Valley. Many will be tempted to go across the border for a good time. Authorities here say that's a bad idea.
It isn't uncommon for Spring Breakers to take day trips into Mexico. They'll cross at the Valley’s bridges into Matamoros, Reynosa and Nuevo Progreso. Authorities don't want students to do that this year.
It's Spring Break for Rolland Christiansen’s granddaughters. He's taking them to Nuevo Progreso for the day.
"We just come daytime and stay as a group. We’re not concerned about the dangers we read about across the border,” says Christiansen.
Authorities on this side of the border are concerned. They're seeing the violence spreading faster now than ever before. It's easier for tourists to get caught in the crossfire this year.
"If you have no real emergency business in Mexico, then you really should stay out,” says Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino.
Trevino points to deadly attacks on U.S. citizens as proof of the danger, like David Hartley, Nancy Davis and federal agent Jaime Zapata. All these U.S. citizens were gunned down by suspected cartel members.
"They had absolutely no qualms about executing them. Then what's the deal with a spring breaker?” says Trevino.
Trevino worries most out-of-towners won't know about the risks or that it's a deadly game of Russian roulette in some parts of Mexico.
"You never know when they're going to strike, so why would you put yourself in the middle of it? My advice to the spring breakers is to stay in the United States, party but party safe and party responsible,” says Trevino.
"I think a lot of people are aware of it, but sometimes the younger generations don't use their heads and get into trouble,” he adds.
Christiansen says he isn't scared; he's aware. He knows not to come back at night.
The state’s warning also applies to Mexican resort towns like Cancun and Acapulco. They warn if you travel to some of those locations, stay in the tourist areas and never travel alone.
State troopers are also warning boaters headed to Falcon Lake in Zapata County. Boaters are urged to stay on the U.S. side of the lake. David Hartley was fatally shot on Sept. 30 last year while sightseeing on Falcon Lake.
DPS urges spring breakers: Avoid Mexico KXAN Austin News