US warns about night driving in major Mexican city

February 5, 2011 07:26

MEXICO CITY — Officials are warning US citizens not to drive at night in parts of the western Mexican city of Guadalajara after suspected drug-gang members burned vehicles and blocked streets.

A separate US alert Friday said the northern city of Monterrey has seen a significant increase in armed robberies at restaurants and convenience stores.

Some of the blockades in Guadalajara took place on a highway leading to the city's airport and to Lake Chapala, a popular retirement and vacation spot for US and Canadian citizens.

The US consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, posted a message on its website Thursday saying that it had prohibited US diplomatic personnel from traveling the highway to the airport at night, and that it "recommends that US citizens consider similar precautions."

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