CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Those traveling to Mexico are urged to exercise increased caution.
Those are the words used by the U.S. State Department in their travel advisory. The state department uses a four-level system for their travel advisories; general travel into Mexico is listed at two while other parts are listed at three and four.
Tamaulipas, the location of the weekend shooting that left a 13-year-old boy dead and others wounded, is listed as a level four area. Officials in Mexico say the highway is considered to be at high risk due to rival cartel activity in the area.
The Coastal Bend has many families making the trip to Mexico by driving through US-Mexico border. KRIS 6 News spoke with Sylvia Avila, an employee at Taqueria Garibaldi, who makes the trip multiple times throughout the year.
Avila has become well versed on the subject, so she is not as nervous as less experienced travelers might be.
"They have the border control there over here," Avila said. "And you go into Mexico and they have marines."
She feels comfortable but knows that one wrong turn could take her into danger, so she takes extra precautions.
"I stay always on the same highway," she said. "Not the little roads."
However the one thing that will attract attention in Mexico is the type of car in which you are traveling.
"New cars, they are attractive for people but regular cars it will be fine," she said.
You can find all the information about travel advisories issued by state department regarding Mexico here.