Christmas celebrations trigger highway safety operation on Oaxaca coast

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The regional Civil Protection office for the Coast region of Oaxaca is launching a holiday highway safety operation called Blanca Navidad.

The office, led by Javier Baños Velasco, will coordinate the performance of municipal, state and federal public security forces to provide information and assistance to vacationers, as well as participating in accident and crime prevention activities.

Baños said that joint efforts are necessary to provide locals and and tourists the conditions necessary for public safety as they travel to destinations both in Oaxaca and the neighboring state of Guerrero.

The Blanca Navidad operation will be joined at the federal level by the National Defense Ministry, the Mexican army, the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection, and the National Guard.

At the state level, the operation will count on the participation of state and transit police, while several municipal governments will contribute by coordinating the duties of their police and and Civil Protection departments.

The holiday road safety operation will also be joined by the Mexican Red Cross, Delegation No. 10.

Baños recommended that vacationers be alert and prevent traffic incidents, while at the same time observing as much as possible the infection protocols against COVID-19.

End of the year festivities in Mexico began earlier in December when Catholic pilgrims celebrated and visited shrines to the Virgins of Juquila and Guadalupe, in Santa Catarina Juquila and Oaxaca city.

Next up is the celebration of the Virgin of Solitude in Puerto Escondido Dec. 16-18.

Students are off for three weeks of vacations starting Dec. 16. They will return to classes on Jan. 9.

With reports by Estado Actual


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