Young drivers in the Midlands' countryside are twice as likely to have a serious road accident than those living in cities.
A study by the National Federation of Young Farmers found Lincolnshire to be the third worst place for accidents.
Today motorists from across the region got advanced training to help them prepare for dangerous conditions. Chris Halpin reports.
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He demanded the money after placing a carrier bag containing what appeared to be a heavy object on the counter.
Closures will be in place on the Aston Expressway, Park Circus and Salford Circus. There will be some full weekend closures and diversions.
West Midlands Police have said specially trained police negotiators are speaking with the woman to try and talk her down to safety.