With the aid of
his fellow cohorts, freshman legislator Rep. Patrick Williams has
managed to win state legislature approval that would provide for future
pedestrian safety at a north Shreveport busy highway.
Williams, who recently replaced Cedric Glover as the District 4
representative, now awaits a decision by state highway transportation
officials as to whether a crosswalk or signal light will be placed in
the 4600 block of North Market Street.
During the past nine months, two children ages 9 and 11 have died after
being struck by vehicles as the children attempted to cross the busy
street. In the most recent accident, 9 year old Jermaine Henderson died
on June II. Samantha Johnson died at the scene after she was struck by a
vehicle on September 28 of 2006.
Williams proposed legislation originally asked that lawmakers place a
signal light at the North Market intersection. At that time, Williams
said he was aware that District A City Council member Calvin Lester also
had requested that officials at the Department of Transportation and
Development (DOTD) place a signal light there.
Traffic studies reveal that most motorists disobey speed laws along
North Market where a public library and convenience store are located.
Williams also proposed that an elevated crosswalk be constructed along a
stretch of North Market, which is state highway.
On the senate side, Williams said he is pleased that Sen. Lydia Jackson
successfully amended his resolution to ask that the DOTD evaluate and
construct an appropriate "safety modification" at the North Market
"This was a collaborative effort," Williams told the Sun. "We don't have
a time table yet as to when a safety modification will be placed there.
We won't let this sit there. We will move on this. We had to do
On March 31, Williams, who defeated Larry Ferdinand to earn the right to
serve out Glover's term in the legislature, said he never thought about
the fact that he was a freshman in House.
"God has given me favor," said Williams. “I was able to establish myself
down there. I was able to attach to other people, saving a life is worth
anything that we do."
Williams, who was appointed to the House and Governmental Affairs
Committee, is seeking a four-year term as the, District 4 representative
in the October 20 elections.