Yes, it really happens outside of movies & TV shows like The Blues Brothers and The Dukes of Hazzard. A driver had to jump a draw bridge in New Jersey as it was opening, and his family was in the car. Here's a news report on it.
I thought it was a freak occurance, but then I saw the OTHER VIDEOS in the right column of the YouTube page. Here's traffic cam footage of an actual jump (2015 in Florida).
I don't know of any drawbridges in Alaska, so if you go travelling, keep these vids in mind. I also appreciate how both of them demonstrate the DAMAGE done to normal cars by jumping. Stunt cars are reinforced and have special shock absorbers-- not normal cars. BE SAFE! Watch for draw bridge signs. ~Brian
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