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AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Department of Public Safety has again warned students looking forward to spring break to avoid Mexico due to drug-related violence.

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DPS on Tuesday said the Mexican government has made great strides battling drug cartels. But the public safety agency for Texas also urged travelers to avoid Mexico, based on the unpredictable nature of drug cartel violence.

DPS in past years has raised similar concerns about spring break travel south of the border.

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DPS Director Steven McCraw says troopers are preparing for an increase of highway traffic as more students and families take time off for spring break.

McCraw urged all travelers to use care and especially slow down during bad weather, in construction areas and while driving in unfamiliar areas.

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