Police caught and suspended a drunk driver near an elementary school in Vancouver Tuesday on the first day of classes in B.C.

Officers were monitoring school zones Tuesday morning to make sure drivers stuck to the 30 kilometres-an-hour limit when they caught the driver near Renfrew Elementary School at around 8 a.m.

“Our officers were dealing with an impaired driver right within a block or two of this school,” Deputy Chief Doug LePard said.

“It’s a really great reminder, and a sad reminder of how important it is that we take care of our driving, that we drive safely, and take care of our children,” he said.

The driver was slapped with a 24-hour suspension and the vehicle was impounded, according to Const. Brian Montague.

The incident occurred hours after a deadly event in Toronto, where a teenager was struck and killed by a large commercial truck just across from her middle school.

Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals expressed her condolences to 14-year-old Violet Jia Liang’s family and said the accident is an “unfortunate reminder” to motorists that they must be extra careful this time of year, as students head back to the school.

Here in B.C., more than 16,000 crashes each year involve school-age children, and 36 of those end up being fatal, according to the Insurance Corporation of B.C.

ICBC is also warning drivers to watch out for the little ones, as many are excited about going back to school, and not all of them may be thinking about road safety.

Older kids are also reminded to remove ear buds and headphones when walking across the street.

With files from CTV British Columbia’s Nafeesa Karim and The Canadian Press