(Saanich Police)

On the first day that K-12 students returned to classrooms in B.C., a drunk driver was caught speeding in a school zone in Saanich.

In a statement released Friday morning, Saanich Police said a traffic cop was working at the school zone at Campus View Elementary in the 3900 block of Gordon Head Road at around 2:15 p.m. on September 10 when he encountered a black pickup truck speeding towards his zone.

The driver was recorded going 76 km/h in a posted 30 km/h school zone.

When the officer stopped the driver, he noted the smell of liquor on his breath and administered two roadside breath tests, both of which the driver failed.

The driver was issued a $368 ticket for excessive speeding, a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition, and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

“The decisions of this driver were careless and could have resulted in consequences far beyond fines, points or impounds,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades in a statement.

“During a week where the emphasis is to welcome students back to school and promote the safety of everyone walking, cycling or driving to school, this certainly was a shocking [and] disappointing discovery.”