This article was first published June 9, 2014.

Officers pulled over so many drivers for speeding in Dover Township on Saturday that neighbors grabbed lawn chairs and sat outside to watch, police said.

Northern York County Regional Police were targeting the portion of East Canal Road that runs from the Dover Borough line nearly to Northern Regional's police station, according to Lt. David Lash. Police set up near the Park Street intersection.

On April 10, the state Department of Transportation reduced the posted speed limit there from 40 mph to 25 mph, but many drivers have ignored the new signs, the lieutenant said.

PennDOT lowered the speed limit on that portion of East Canal Road based on a request from Dover Township, according to Lash. He said there have been numerous traffic crashes at Canal Road's intersection with Fox Run Road.

The numbers: Officers cited a total of 145 people for speeding through the area -- 117 on Saturday and 28 on Friday, Lash said.

The fastest driver was going 55 mph, he said.

"The goal is compliance," Lash said.

And police certainly weren't keeping the speeding detail a secret.

All day Saturday, Northern Regional Police tweeted warnings from their Twitter feed, including this one: "Dover Twp: 50 citations have now been written during the speed enforcement detail on East Canal Rd near Park Street. Slow down!!"


Lash said officers reported residents of the area came outside to watch, and even set up lawn chairs.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at