Youngstown Police are reporting a significant reduction in drivers speeding in school zones since the recent installation of speed cameras in school zones throughout the city.

According to a news release, in a pre-program five-day speed study 47% of drivers were traveling 11 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. 

Lieutenant Robert Gentile from YPD's Traffic and Accident Investigation Unit previously told 21 News that over 1,200 drivers were caught speeding in school zones on just the first day of the cameras being installed. 

Now, during the public information and education phase, before issuing any citations, police took another sample of drivers in the school zones and found that 16% of drivers were exceeding the speed limit. A 65% decrease.

Currently, YPD is only giving out warnings to drivers caught on camera speeding in school zones. However, beginning February 17, those warnings will be no more and drivers will instead be issued citations.

Speed laws will be photo enforced on all school days until 6:00 p.m. when children are present or likely to be present at school. For a list of participating school zones, click here.