PHUKET: As the Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign continues across Phuket, the Marine Police are joining the effort on the water by stepping up safety checks and deploying vessels to conduct 24-hour operations.

The moves comes as Phuket struggles to accommodate the huge influx of tourists who have arrived for the island’s “peak season” in tourism, a period that begins just before Christmas and continues into the New Year.

As is usual for this time of year, the Gazette is receiving reports of near 100 per cent occupancy at hotels and other forms of tourist accommodation located along Phuket’s west coast, especially in the prime tourist beach areas of Patong, Karon and Kata.