Motorcycle safety course is Oct. 24-26 in Buena Vista, Lexington
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The final Basic Rider Motorcycle Safety course for the year, hosted by Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, is scheduled Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26. Participants completing and passing the one-credit course, which includes a riding skills test as well as a written exam, will receive a 30-day Virginia DMV motorcycle license and a completion card from the Motorcycle Safety League.

The three-day course is held on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Lee-Hi Travel Plaza in Lexington. Motorcycles and helmets are provided.

To enroll or for more information contact Doug Jones at (540) 863-2870 or, or the DSLCC Rockbridge Center, located at 35 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista, at (540) 261-1211. In-state tuition is $ 138.50 per credit.

Submitted by Judy Clark

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  It was one too many close calls that got Huntsville engineer Jeff Hammock thinking, “What could revolutionize motorcycle safety?”

Unlike driving a car, motorcycle riders rarely press the brake to slow down. So, their brake light gives no indication to the drivers around them when they suddenly reduce their speed. Hammock wanted a brake light that served riders better.

“You downshift, you let the motor do it, it`s very natural, very effective, and it sounds great but it`s dangerous, so we`re trying to take the dangerous part out of it so you don`t have to change your riding style,” said Hammock.

Over the past 18 months, Hammock and his team at MechOptix developing a prototype of an automatic brake lamp, Stoptix, and launched a crowdfunding campaign to get it on the market.

Unlike standard brake lights, it lights up up any time there is a significant reduction in speed, can run for hours, and recharges in as little as two seconds whenever the rider does press the brake.

“You don`t have to remember to squeeze the brake lever, you don`t have to take another action that`s unnatural you can just ride.” said Hammock. “We`ve got your back.”

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