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November 15, 2009|Christopher Reynolds

Of course, you should beware of crime while planning and making your next international trip. But the numbers say that if you're among the unlucky few to die, a car, bus or motorcycle is more likely to be the cause. Death by traffic is a recurring theme in a fascinating State Department Web page. For instance, by the department's count, of at least 126 Americans who died of "non-natural causes" in Mexico in the first half of 2009, at least 45 perished in vehicle accidents. The homicide number: 36. The drowning number: at least 22. Other accidents, and suicides, accounted for the rest. From January through June 2009, about 2.6 million Americans boarded flights to Mexico, and many more visited by car or ship. The odds overwhelmingly suggest your vacation will be nonfatal. For more: http://tinyurl.com/yku3mv9.

-- Christopher Reynolds

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