State Department Issues Revised Mexico Travel Warning
WASHINGTON - Violence in Mexico has the U.S. State Department stepping up it's travel warning. A new, revised travel warning was issued Friday.
The warning includes stronger language about the dangers Americans face when traveling in Mexico. It also says people should avoid traveling in Tamaulipas.
Drug violence continues to be a big problem and so is highway robbery. The State Department says people should avoid Mexican Highway Two, which is between Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo.
Travelers are being targeted, carjacked and robbed. The drug cartels are using stolen trucks and SUVs to block the highways and keep the military out.
They are also said to be planting roadside bombs just like the ones used in the Middle East.
Officials say people are not even safe in hotels. Guests have been kidnapped from their hotel rooms in Monterrey.
Many Americans do cross safely back and forth from Mexico. But officials want travelers to be aware of the dangers they could face.