In an auto accident a 60 pound dog in a car traveling 30 mph will hit an object ten inches in front of her/him at 1,200 pounds pressure.
The Roadie is a step-into harness which has been designed from the drawing board to be a certified to human seatbelt standards, safety harness for dogs. The original Roadie design was developed by Carl Goldberg with the help of Dr. Joseph Evans (Veterinary Orthopedic Surgeon) and a civil engineer. Because there are no safety standards for dogs, we built the Roadie to human standards. We test each production run for tensile strength (5,000 lbs, US human standard for seatbelts) at Commercial Testing Laboratories in Denver, CO.
If you have ever slammed on your brakes and had your dog come flying forward, you understand how hazardous vehicle travel can be for a dog. Dr. Joe Evans of Nederland, Colorado says that last year 91 dogs came to his clinic due to car related injuries. Of those, 13 were killed.
Animal safety is a major concern in our country. There are at least 27 Statutes in 25 U.S. states that have laws making it illegal to transport an animal over the road in a moving vehicle in such a way that could cause torturous injury or death. In 2006, California and Pennsylvania passed laws which carry financial penalties and points against your driving record. It's a three strike system which begins with a court appearance and a small fine, and culminates with possible jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, and license suspension.