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Driver on trial for running down flagger

03/09/2012 03:11 EST | Updated 05/09/2012 05:12 EDT

The trial of a contractor accused of running down a roadside construction flagger began Friday morning in a New Westminster courtroom.

Michael Paul Biemans is charged with assault with a weapon, after allegedly hitting Paul White in November 2010.

The Crown alleges that Biemans drove his truck past safety cones on a partially closed street in New Westminster, when flagger Paul White tried to stop him.

The Crown says Biemans then allegedly hit White with his truck. White was not hurt, but was traumatized by the incident according to his co-worker Diane Herback.

Herback, who is the founder of the B.C. Flagging Association, says half a dozen flaggers dressed in full safety gear from as far away as Victoria are attending the trial.

"We want justice for people that are hit like in construction zones - for our workers - for the flaggers - we want double the fines," said Herback on Thursday.

Biemans is representing himself at the one-day trial. Six witnesses are expected to be called to testify against him, including two police officers

Herback is one of the witness and says whatever the outcome, she hopes there will be more respect on the roads.

"If people are paying attention and there was less distraction there would be less accidents, not just flaggers but from the public in general," she said.

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