Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring Breakers’ Warning For Puerto Peñasco!

-by El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"

There are the usual travel to Mexico warnings popping up all over the place and I came across one today published by the Clarity Digital Group LLC, which owns the website(s) www.examiner.com. Near the top of the article, dubbed “Mexico Spring Break Warning”, they kicked off by quoting the Texas Department of Safety Director with the following:
“There is an increase in Mexican drug cartel related violence in the northern Mexican border cities. Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed.”
Then right after that they include the U.S. State department warnings followed by: “The majority of arrests, accidents, violent crimes, rapes and deaths suffered on spring break are the result of alcohol use. Certain behaviors are not tolerated there and may lead to prosecution - and you do not want to go to a Mexican prison.

“Disturbing the peace, lewd or indecent behavior, littering, driving under the influence, drinking on the street or on public transportation, using public transportation without payment, or making obscene or insulting remarks are all considered criminal activities by Mexican authorities. Drug possession can result in imprisonment without bail for up to a year before a case is even tried. If the student is 16 years or older, they will be tried as an adult.”


And then after reading all the rest of the garbage, they tell parents with kids going to our beloved community that: “Nogales/Sonora: Puerto Peñasco, a.k.a. Rocky Point, is located in northern Sonora, 60 miles from the U.S. border, and is accessible by car. The majority of accidents that occur at this Spring Break destination are caused by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol. Travelers should exercise particular caution on unpaved roads, especially in beach areas.”

Of course we all know that ‘Nogales’ is in ‘Sonora’ too and that there is a U.S. and a Mexico side to the community; but what parents may not know is that from the U.S. side it is about 3 ½ hours driving time and some 200 miles just from Nogales to Lukeville, so if they ‘need’ to locate their kids this article could have ‘em searching in all the wrong places…

But even worse is that this piece (and others) outright implies that ‘Mexico’ (and PP) and the great Mexican people are the problemo when in fact it is these kids, many of whom are spoiled rotten to the core, who travel south of the border and pull their **** down here in their host nation!

And if they tried the same crap back home (and some do) they’d wind up in the U.S. (federal, state or regional) judicial system and could also face a stint in jail and/or prison because in the U.S. kids (aka: children) younger than “16” are often charged with crimes as an “adult”!

¡Viva México y Puerto Peñasco!

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