There is a new danger lurking in our front gardens.
Well, it has been there all along but apparently they have only just realised it and are running an advertising campaign to warn of this terrible threat to our cheeeldren.
I refer of course the the front driveway.
Yes, I refer to that little strip of driveway inside your front gate on your land. This innocent little strip of concrete apparently is a lethal deathtrap and no child should ever step on it unless holding the hand of an adult. Even if it's only a couple of feet between the front lawn and the front door, the children must wait patiently until an adult comes to guide them safely across this deadly plot. And they must never ever play near it, let alone on it. Yes, it is that dangerous.
I'm not quite sure why? Are other people's driveways like something Indiana Jones would encounter? Are there snake pits, man traps and great rolling boulders threatening to roll down the drive? Or do other drivers insist on doing 90 mph between the gate and the garage? Maybe Daddy is sitting in his Porche hiding behind the gatepost, revving the engine and just waiting for one of his little brats to dare set foot on his piece of driveway?
Now I must admit that my driveway is dangerous. Penny has taken it upon herself to dump copiously and frequently on the front gravel and I can guarantee [from bitter experience] it is extremely difficult to traverse without picking up a stench-bomb to walk into the carpets indoors. As a result I regularly practice my golf swing by using a 9-iron to sail those deadly turds into the neighbours' gardens [or on a good day, in through their windows].
However I get the impression that our Road Safety Authority seems to think that the dangers of the front driveway are considerably more risky.
I kid you not…..
[Warning…. this video may cause an intense feeling of nausea]