Drug War Drives Mexicans to Armored Cars
It's a sign of how drastic violence is there
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2012 11:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Why did Mexico soundly oust its ruling party in yesterday's election? ABC News points to a trend that might explain: Drug violence in the country is so bad that a growing number of ordinary families are investing in armored cars. "I would say in the last four years, the business is up 1,000%," one auto shop owner said. "It's huge."

The profusion of these pricey "family tanks"—especially along the border—are a sign of just how dire Mexico's battle with the drug cartels has gotten. Winning candidate Enrique Peña Nieto made dialing the war down a major campaign platform, saying he would focus more on ending violence in the streets than stopping smugglers crossing into the US. “This country needs a change,” says one voter.