Mexico is not known for its safety procedures. I’ve seen numerous construction workers with no helmets, carseats are almost unheard of, and 99% of taxis have no seatbelts in the back seat. I can’t say this is a bad thing because there don’t seem to be more accident-related deaths in Mexico than in the States.
Still, one Mexican safety practice that always makes me laugh a little is the Coke bottle cover-up. Anytime you see rebar sticking out of a not-completed house (or sometimes a completed house!), it will probably have Coke bottles stuck on it to prevent injury.
I saw this beauty on the street the other day:
Coca-Cola… saving lives, one piece of broken metal at a time.
I recently read an amazing article that talks about a topic very near and dear to my heart: the safety of Mexico.
The US, Canada and beyond have been flooded with news stories on violence in this country, even though expats and travelers to Mexico have seen with their own eyes that just like any other country, the violence is reduced to certain people and certain areas.
The Lonely Planet article mentioned cites numerous statistics comparing Mexican travel destinations to US travel destinations… and the results are quite surprising.
Next time someone tells you Mexico is dangerous, show them this Lonely Planet post.
Lonely Planet Travel Writer Provides Facts About Safety in Mexico, via Mexico Today