06/16/2014 05:26 EDT | Updated 06/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Marijuana Breathalyzer Invented By Former B.C. Mountie

A retired B.C. RCMP officer has spearheaded a breathalyzer designed to detect marijuana on a driver's breath.

Kal Malhi was inspired to develop the device after coming across a Swedish study about breath testing technology, according to the Delta Optimist.

The Langley man then partnered with Vancouver's Dr. Raj Attariwala and Florida's Dr. Bruce Goldberger to make the Cannabix Breathalyzer a reality.

Police currently use saliva, blood, and urine samples to test drivers for marijuana use, but thetests are unreliable because pot can stay in someone's system for several days, News 1130 reports. This makes it hard to figure out if the person was actually high when they were driving.

It's a problem because drivers think they won't get caught for smoking and driving, according to Malhi.

"People are becoming very afraid to drink and drive nowadays because they feel that they will get caught and charged, but they’re not afraid to drug and drive because they don't feel that law enforcement will do anything about it," he told CTV News.

The Cannabix Breathalyzer, which could potentially detect if the driver had used marijuana within the previous two hours, still has to go through field testing, the outlet said. A patent is pending.

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