I got the following from Jaltemba Folk bulletin board. It's good information for people driving down to Mexico.
We just arrived this morning after driving through Nuevo Laredo. Absolutely no problems at the border other than I always seem to get the inexperienced processor working on my auto permit. Other people came and went and it took me forever, well not quite forever, to get mine. Then we were off southward at about 7:15 am yesterday(Friday). Made it all the way to Tonala and the Hacienda del Sol for a pleasant stay and wonderful dinner at the Rincon del Sol Restaurant. We arrived this morning after only a 3 1/2 hour drive from Tonala.
There were NO signs of banditos or anything else that looks different than any other year. We did see a lot of Federales, which was comforting but of no consequence.
I personally feel that the concerns of many about safety issues while traversing Mexico are a bit blown out of proportion. I was more uncomfortable while driving the streets of Oklahoma City looking for an auto parts store than I was at anytime while crossing Mexico.
As a travel note....they are finally working again on the new highway that cuts through the Lagos de Moreno area. There are a lot of construction workers and a few detours. It took us 1 hour and 20 minutes to go 20 miles.
Great trip everyone.....come on down!!