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If you have received a traffic ticket in Bay County, Florida there are steps you must take within a short period of time to avoid going to court or getting points on your license.

Most first-time offense civil infractions such as speeding or running a red light can be handled outside of the court saving you time, money, and points on your driving record.

Review the back of your ticket to find out if your infraction qualifies and choose one of the options below before the deadline posted.

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Traffic Ticket Options for Bay County

  1. Attend Online Traffic School
    1. Your auto insurance rates CANNOT go up and your policy CANNOT be cancelled unless you were at fault in a crash.*
    2. NO POINTS will be added to your driver's license record.*
    3. Your Safe Driver status is maintained if applicable.
  2. Pay the Civil Penalty on the Citation
    1. Your case will be satisfied upon payment
    2. The charge will be entered on your driving record as a conviction
    3. POINTS WILL BE ASSESSED as applicable
  3. Plead Not Guilty
    1. Judge may adjudicate you guilty
      1. Points may be assessed
      2. Fines can go as high as $1,000
    2. Judge may require you to attend traffic school
    3. Insurance rates may go up
    4. Policy may be cancelled

To start your traffic school course, choose a course format below. All courses cover the same material and take the same amount of time to complete.

Information About Bay County Roadway Safety

Bay County is located on Florida's Gulf Coast and includes the beach resort city of Panama City Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base. It has a population of approximately 172,000.

Although you may be angry and frustrated about having gotten a traffic ticket in Bay County, consider this:

  • Each year, nearly 500,000 students descend on Bay County for spring break. Spring breakers outnumber the local population by 42 to 1.
  • According to the Bay County Tourist Development Council (TDC), there were 2.6 million travel parties that visited Bay County in 2012.
  • With the increase in tourist population, the number of traffic and alcohol related incidents rises dramatically.

Compared to Hernando County Florida (a county with a slightly higher population) Bay County's crash statistics are higher in every category:

  • 8.37% more crashes
  • 64.6% more fatalities
  • 22.4% more injuries
  • 163.6% more alcohol related crashes
  • 233.3% more alcohol related fatalities
  • 109.7% more alcohol related injuries

Can you imagine what the traffic situation would be like if the traffic rules weren't enforced?

According to the statistics below, overall, Bay County's traffic problems are becoming worse rather than better.

Bay County Crash Stats20112012Percent Change3-Year Avg.
Total Number of Motor Vehicle Crashes 3,044 3,281 +7.79% 3,192
Fatalities 24 33 +37.50% 25
Injuries 2,420 2,264 -6.45% 2,327
Alcohol Related 377 377 0.00% 258
Alcohol Related Fatalities 13 20 +53.85% 14
Alcohol Related Injuries 153 151 -1.31% 153

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