Mexican authorities advised Americans and anyone else going home to visit relatives for the holidays to drive in convoys — and only during daylight hours. From the LAT's Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City:
These convoys can be "escorted or monitored" if travelers check in with federal agents upon crossing the border, the government said. The Mexican army is also offering protection.
The recommendation signals an acknowledgement that hold-ups and violence on Mexico's roads attributed to drug-trafficking gangs could affect the holiday travel crush.
"When our own government says it's not safe to travel in our own country, it really makes you feel sad," Luis Garcia, head of one of the numerous clubs that Mexicans belong to in the Los Angeles area, said in a telephone interview from Lynwood.