Mexico travel warning

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A warning for anyone heading to rocky point this Memorial Day weekend: The state department has issued a travel advisory alerting Americans to potential violence in Mexico. Now, the U.S. Consulate in Nogales has a specific message for holiday travelers bound for the beaches of Puerto Peñasco.

Puerto Peñasco, also known as rocky point, is one of the top travel destinations for Arizonans.

Now, a warning from the U.S. Consulate in Nogales wants travelers to be on alert for unofficial checkpoints on Mexican Highway 8.

The alert says that motorists who have not stopped at these checkpoints have been shot and killed.

"No one's asked me about it, no," Robert Tait sells Mexican insurance to travelers heading south of the border and he says the advisory has not been an issue with customers.

"I feel it's a little bit of overkill and unfortunately it creates more unnecessary fear and it keeps people traveling to Mexico when in fact, Mexico is probably just as safe as travel in the united states right now," says Tait.

That said, the advisory urges rocky point visitors to limit travel to daylight hours.

In the meantime, officers with the department of public safety say drivers should take even more precautions.

"Foreign country equals foreign laws, so abide by the laws of Mexico if you're going down there. You might want to, as a safety precaution, register with the us consulate or embassy just to let them know where you're gonna be," says Officer Brian Moore of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

And if you find yourself getting stopped at an unauthorized checkpoint, the consulate has these words of warning for travelers:

  • Do not resist and cooperate fully
  • Stay calm and comply with demands
  • And immediately indicate the presence of a child.

The state department, meanwhile, issued a travel warning for Mexico back in March due to the increased violence associated with Mexican drug cartels.

Yet, Robert Tait says the travel industry has seen a steady decline these past few years. And now, he just hopes these warnings won't change people's travel plans, "We're hoping that Memorial Day will be a little bit better than it was last year."

The U.S. Consulate in Nogales says if you are a victim of an unauthorized checkpoint in Sonora to notify the consulate or contact local police by dialing 066.