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Spring breakers headed to Mexico despite warnings

by Bryan Goettel

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - After a long winter, what could be better than trading in the scarves and boots for swimsuits and flip-flops? and what better place for college students to do that than Mexico?

"Mexico's great," said Iowa senior Trevor Greene, who has gone to Puerto Vallarta every year in the past decade. "Everytime I've been there I loved it."

"It was a pretty good time," junior Brendan Quinn said about a spring break trip he made to Cancun. "Stayed at an all-inclusive resort and nice weather, nice sandy beach, so great place for spring breakers to go."

Quinn paints the perfect picture.

But there is also a much different one. The U.S. State Department is alerting tourists of a rise in drug violence in Mexico.

"If there was a pretty heavy rise in some of the drugs and fighting down there, it would definitely probably deter me away a little bit, maybe pick a different spot to go to," said Quinn.

The University of Arizona has gone so far as to urge students not to go. At Iowa it's not that extreme, but the school is making its students aware of the problem.

"What we're gonna do is send an e-mail to all students, just make them aware that there is an alert and that there are some places in Mexico that are particularly dangerous," said Iowa university relations director Steve Parrott.

"I'm going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico," said sophomore Stacy Silver.

Silver hadn't heard about the warning. She says it won't make her think twice.

"I know that drugs are everywhere and as long as you yourself make smart decisions and you're not dumb, I feel safe there personally," said Silver.

Silver is hardly alone. Most students we talked to believe it's simply a matter of making good decisions, wherever you go.

"As long as you go with a pretty decent crowd and people have a pretty level head on their shoulders, as long as you stay in packs at night, you really shouldn't have too much problem," said Quinn.

"We're carefree right now," said Greene. "We're in our prime, in our youth so if you worry too much right now then you're just going to be worrying a lot more when you're older."

Like Trevor, many students say they'll just leave the worrying to their parents.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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