The Blues Brothers would be proud.
Remember the famous scene in 'The Blues Brothers' when the Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile jumps over a raising drawbridge in Chicago? One daredevil driver recently tried to recreate the famous stunt in a second-generation Hyundai Santa Fe. Crazy CCTV footage shows the Santa Fe smash through the barriers of a drawbridge crossing in Florida at high speed.
Unfazed by the impact, the determined driver floors it and jumps over the drawbridge as it starts to rise. The Santa Fe briefly catches air before landing on the other side. Presumably, Santa Fe then demolishes the opposite barriers on the other side of the bridge.
This was clearly very dangerous, though the jump would have been a lot more dramatic if SUV crossed the bridge just a few seconds later.
"It's absolutely against the law, that's why the rails are there," Florida Safety Council spokesperson Bonnie Frank told Fox 35 Orlando. "You're not just risking yourself, your risking all those other people that are also up on that bridge." Unlike the Lamborghini Urus that recently jumped over an Aventador in a staged stunt for YouTube, the Santa Fe suffered some damage in the stunt. As it hits the barrier, the windshield was smashed so it will need to be replaced.
Curiously, it looks like the hood was already damaged before the impact, so this may not be the first time this Santa Fe has been abused. We can only assume this impatient driver was in a huge hurry to get to their destination, but deliberately damaging your SUV to shave a few seconds off your journey seems very irrational.
Police are using the CCTV footage to check the license plate and identify the driver, so it's probably only a matter of time before they get caught and faces charges. Surprisingly, this isn't the first time this has happened. A motorcyclist jumped the same drawbridge last month.