First Texting While Driving Ticket

PANAMA CITY – The first ‘Texting While Driving’ ticket written in Bay County goes to a 16-year-old boy from Youngstown.

Panama City Police stopped Austin Armstrong at Highway 231 and Transmitter Road at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday. They say Armstrong veered off the road three times and his Kia Sport had a broken tail light.

After Armstrong was stopped, the officer determined the teenager was texting while driving, which they believe is why he was the driving off the road.

The texting while driving ban went into effect October 1. It is a secondary offense, which means police must stop you for another traffic offense. They are not allowed to pull you over simply because they think you’re texting while driving.

The fine is $30. But you’ll pay $110 after court costs.