The State of Baja California Sur is calling for enhancements to the National Guard patrols in Los Cabos to increase protection for tourists visiting the beach resort destination.
The request for enhancements specifically calls for the construction of a National Guard headquarters in Los Cabos to ensure safety for all travelers on the area highways.
Planning for the new headquarters in the area is already underway.
Patrolling The Highways
The Baja California Sur Governor Víctor Manuel Castro Cosío recently announced that he would request a new National Guard headquarters and barracks be built in Los Cabos.
This request is to directly address the issue of safety on the roadways for locals and visitors to the beach resort destination.
According to Castro Cosío, the National Guard, under its federal government powers has the legal authority to regulate and enforce speed limits on the highways in Los Cabos.
The main highway in Los Cabos is the Los Cabos Toll Road from El Mangle to just west of San Jose del Cabo, which also includes access to the small Cabo San Lucas International Airport.
Other main highways in Los Cabos include Federal Highway 19, which runs through Cabo San Lucas, and Federal Highway 1, which travels from Cabo San Lucas through San Jose del Cabo to the much larger Los Cabos International Airport.
Traffic Accidents on the Rise
The main issue for the request of a new National Guard headquarters in Los Cabos is a troubling recent rise in traffic accidents in the area.
While many have been due to inattentive drivers, several have been due to excessive speed on the highways around Los Cabos.
The accidents have increased along with the number of visitors traveling to Los Cabos this year in response to “revenge travel” post-pandemic easing of travel lockdowns.
Additional Vehicles Requested
In addition to the request for a new National Guard headquarters and barracks to be built in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur Governor Castro Cosío requested an immediate addition of more equipment for National Guard patrols.
The request was especially for vehicles and after the request is completed, the National Guard will have approximately 100 patrol cars available for law enforcement use in Los Cabos.
Roadways Being Targeted
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, the roadways that see the most traffic in Los Cabos include two different stretches – from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo and from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas.
This is expected to include the Federal Highway 19 and Federal Highway 1 corridors, along the Los Cabos Toll Road, most frequented by visitors to the beach resort destination.
It is anticipated that these principal roadways in Los Cabos will see the most deployment of National Guard law enforcement patrols in the area to ensure the safety of locals and visitors.
More Safety For Visitors
The two roadways in Los Cabos being targeted for additional traffic safety enforcement from the National Guard are those that are used often by tourists to the beach resort destination.
The additional National Guard enforcement should help to increase the visibility of speed enforcement officers on the highway to help prevent speeding on the highways.
It should also help to reinforce safety on the roadways that are used to transport tourists around the area.
While some visitors may be concerned seeing National Guard officers with semi-automatic weapons on patrol, it should actually provide them with some additional confidence that their safety is first and foremost with the municipal, state, and federal government.
Ultimately, it should help to make the roadways safer for everyone, including the increased number of visitors deciding to enjoy their sand and surf vacation in the beach resort destination of Los Cabos.
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