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University of Hawai'i Law Review

COMMENT: Intextication: Txting Whl Drvng. Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Summer, 2010

University of Hawaii Law Review

32 Hawaii L. Rev. 359


A. Starkey De Soto*


I. Introduction

Craig McCaw is the "Wireless Wizard of Oz." 1 In the mid-1980s, McCaw envisioned changing lives by changing the way people communicate. 2 McCaw aspired to develop the first nationwide cellular network that would give people the freedom to communicate with each other outside of the home or office and without the constraint of telephone cords. 3 By 1993, in less than a decade, McCaw's vision became a reality when he built the largest cellular company in the country, which included nearly twenty percent of the twelve million subscribers in the United States cellular market. 4 Over the next decade and a half, the use of cell phones exploded in American society 5 and spread throughout the world. 6

The realization of McCaw's vision created a "wireless revolution" that changed the way people communicate. 7 An increasing number of people began to use cell phones in an effort to free themselves of the restraint of telephone wires. 8 As a result, people began using cell phones everywhere: on the golf course, at the mall, and on the beach. 9 Notably, people even began to use their cell phones while behind the wheel of a car. 10 As cell phones became a staple of many Americans' day-to-day lives, 11 using a cell phone while driving became so common that people began to view their cars as a second office and their phones as a "professional lifeline." 12

The growth of cell phones brought increased technology to the ...
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