The California Highway Patrol issued over 11,000 traffic citations in 2015, nearly twice the amount it issued in 2014, according to the agency.
But it’s not just the amount of tickets that’s the problem.
A new study released by the Center for Public Integrity found that the number of tickets issued in Utah are disproportionately issued to minorities.
It found that a total of 17 percent of the tickets issued between 2012 and 2014 were issued to people of color, while 15 percent of all traffic citations were issued in 2016 to people who were also minorities.
The study analyzed data from a database maintained by the state highway patrol, and found that people of Color were four times more likely to receive tickets for a violation of Utah’s new traffic laws.
The findings are a blow to advocates who say the state’s controversial new laws are hurting the lives of Utahns and will make it harder for minority drivers to navigate their city.
The new laws make it illegal to operate a vehicle that is a “vehicle that is equipped with electronic speedometers, radar systems, or other device that indicates the location of a vehicle.”
They also make it a misdemeanor for anyone to operate an electronic speedometer, radar system, or a vehicle equipped with a device that signals the location.
The new laws also make a “failure to stop or yield” a crime, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and up to four years in prison.
The rules also mandate a driver to stay at least five feet away from other traffic.
The California Highway patrol released the data as part of its annual report on traffic safety and enforcement, which also includes data on the number and type of traffic tickets issued to motorists across the state.
The agency said it had received more than 13,000 requests for information about the data in 2017.
In its report, the California Highway Police said that nearly 10,000 of the people who received traffic tickets in 2017 were white.
About 6,200 of the citations were for “violations that were not considered to be serious.”
That meant about 2,000 people were ticketed for a simple infraction such as not wearing a seatbelt, according the report.
About 600 people received tickets for other infractions that were considered serious.
The state has made some changes to its traffic laws in the past year, including an increase in the minimum speed to 35 mph and a decrease in the number for which drivers must wear seatbelts.
But some critics argue the laws are not working as intended.
“I think we are a society that believes that all lives matter, that we have an obligation to ensure that every person has the opportunity to get ahead,” said Julie Miller, who serves as the executive director of Utah Women’s Advocacy Network.
Miller said the state is still working to correct the data gaps and make sure the new laws can help minorities.
The Utah Highway Patrol did not respond to NBC News’ requests for comment on the new findings.