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Department of Public Safety urges Spring Break safety for travelers


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(March 8, 2010)--The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging all Texas spring breakers to avoid traveling to border cities in Mexico because of drug-related violence in northern Mexico. In keeping with the concern for the safety of students and the entire UTSA community, UTSA will host events March 8-11 to raise awareness of fun and safe Spring Break activities and health resources at UTSA and in the community. Read more about the special events on UTSA Today.

"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," said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw.

The U.S. State Department Web site lists several travel alerts related to violence in Mexico. Travelers should check that site for the latest information related to security issues in Mexico.

During the spring break season, DPS will have extra troopers on patrol looking for DWIs, seatbelt violators and speeders.

"We want Spring Break to be memorable, but in a good way," said David Baker, assistant director of the Texas Highway Patrol. "You don't want to get arrested for DWI, receive a ticket or be injured somehow because you were irresponsible. Have fun, but please be safe."


Tips for a safe Spring Break

  • Don't text while driving.
  • Wear your seat belt.
  • Don't drink and drive -- find a sober friend to do the driving.
  • Don't leave your drink unattended, and don't accept drinks from strangers.
  • Keep a fresh driver behind the wheel, or stop every couple of hours to rest and walk around.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.
  • Keep your friends close.



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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