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Justin Bieber warns of the dangers of texting while driving

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Singer Justin Bieber has spoken out about the dangers of texting while driving.

The pint-sized popstar is supporting the launch of a new app that stops drivers from being tempted to use the mobile phones while behind the wheel.

PhoneGuard's DriveSafe app is available for iPhones and Android-powered handsets, and works by automatically disabling the phone's email, texting and keyboard functions at speeds in excess of 10mph.

Should the driver receive a text message, the automated response "I am driving and will contact you when I reach my destination" is sent.

Bieber says that that texting while driving is a "preventable issue" and is urging motorists to be smarter.

"As a 17-year-old driver, I'm aware of the countless distractions that we teenagers face on the road, and texting is one that is preventable," he said.

Research from RoadSafe shows that 96 per cent of drivers believe texting at the wheel is the most dangerous activity, yet a fifth have done it.
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