Great Hang Up: Teen pop star Ryan Beatty asks fans not to text and drive

9:12 AM, Nov 1, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- He's a teenager with 300,000+ followers on Twitter, more than 30-million hits on YouTube and a number-one album on iTunes.  And his name ISN'T Justin Bieber!

But there's a good chance if you have a teenager, they already know about Ryan Beatty.  The 17-year-old up-and-coming pop star is being called the next Justin Bieber.  And he's using his voice to spread an important message about distracted driving.

This week, Beatty stopped by Studio 10 to perform a couple of songs from his new EP "Because of You."  He also took time to talk to 10 News about his work on the "It Can Wait" campaign--an effort from AT&T to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving.

"I'd always wanted to get involved in something--an organization, a cause," said Beatty.  "I wanted to feel a part of something like that. Because I have a voice and I have this following and I want to use it for the best I can."

When Beatty hits the road, he often stops by AT&T stores to meet fans and urge them to take a pledge not to text and drive.  As a teenager himself, Beatty knows they don't have to be drivers to make the promise.

"Getting into this, I didn't have my license," said Beatty. "But it's really prepared me now when I'm about to get my license.  It's motivated me to never do that."

Imagine if he can convince all his fans to make the same promise.

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