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Purdue urges students to consider safety during spring break

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University officials are urging students to be aware of potential dangers when making plans for spring break on March 16-21.

While the university has not issued any travel warnings, Dean of Students L. Tony Hawkins is encouraging students to make smart choices and pay close attention to their surroundings while traveling. He also urges students to do research on potential destinations before traveling to areas where there is unrest, such as Mexico, which is one popular destination.

Drinking and Spring Break seem to go hand in hand, but caution should be exercised when imbibing. Alcohol is a factor in most spring break deaths, accidents and problems related to petty crime.

Drinking and Spring Break seem to go hand in hand, but caution should be exercised when imbibing. Alcohol is a factor in most spring break deaths, accidents and problems related to petty crime.

Recently, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Americans traveling to and living in Mexico due to the increasing violence in the country. The alert cautions travelers about violence mostly focused in areas along the border and in northern Mexico, including Tijuana, Chihuahua City, Ciudad Juarez and Nogales.

Travelers are urged to use main roads and travel only during daylight hours when possible. Students on spring break also should leave their itinerary with a friend or family member who is not traveling with them, avoid traveling alone and make sure their cell phone will function at their destinations. The U.S. State Department also encourages travelers not to display expensive-looking jewelry, cash or valuable items.

Students and other travelers can find out more about travel alerts and warnings from the U.S. State Department Web site at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html. Additional information also can be found online at http://studentsabroad.state.gov/.

Hawkins also encourages students, no matter their destinations, to be responsible about alcohol because it is a factor in most spring break deaths, accidents and problems related to petty crime.

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