Is it a drawbridge or is it just a conveniently moving ramp?
From a legal and safety standpoint, it is absolutely just a drawbridge. Hence, the crossing arms and other obvious signs the bridge is unavailable to cross at that time.
In fact, police are currently looking for a driver (or dangerous daredevil) that decided it was a good idea to jump a moving drawbridge.
The drawbridge is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The driver approached the drawbridge early on Monday morning.
According to WSVN, the individual sped up as it was about the cross the gap. In the process, the driver broke the arm that covers that crossing zone. Now the crossing arm is looking at some costly repairs and police are looking to find and press charges on the driver.
The driver did safely get to the other side of the bridge. The car even got a decent amount of air as it was crossing over the gap and onto the other side of the bridge.
This is not the first (and certainly not the last) driver that has garnered attention for jumping a drawbridge. In March of 2021, during Daytona Bike Week, a biker wanted to experience using a drawbridge as a jump as well. He got little air on the gap but did get lots of attention on social media.
In September 2020, a pickup truck driver was arrested after jumping over a moving drawbridge on the west side of Detroit, Michigan.
The pickup truck driver was charged with reckless driving and two counts of malicious destruction of property. If the Daytona Beach driver is caught, they will likely receive similar charges. The driver from 2020, Miguel Gomez, could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine due to how much damage he caused on the bridge.
“These pandemic times have seemingly brought out the worst in many Michigan drivers. The rules of the road the same and there is no place for drivers who refuse to follow them and instead try alleged stunts like this,” his prosecutor said, according to Detroit Free Press.
Comparison to Pop Culture
There is no surveillance video of this 2020 jump, however, the drawbridge operator did say it was like something out of a movie. It really is. Action movie after action movie has shown epic moments where characters heroically leap across a moving drawbridge. It’s also reminiscent of the classic 1980s TV show called “Dukes of Hazzard.”
The main characters would get into their iconic bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger and flee from the police through a series of epically high jumps and leaps. Escaping from the police and doing epic jumps on the road were common occurrences in pop culture during the 1980s. At least, that’s what it feels like.
The 1980 film “The Blues Brothers” also features an action-packed, jump-and-destruction-heavy police chase.
The alternative country band, American Aquarium, couldn’t help but think of the Duke family when they saw the video. The band shared a video of the jump to their Twitter and wrote, “Those Duke boys sure have gotten themselves into a bucket of syrup this time.”