Man loses job, cops fine for abusing traffic controller

LOSING his temper at a traffic controller has cost a courier his job and a $1000 fine.

An embarrassed Douglas Roy McIntosh fronted Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday for abusing a worker on the Moonie Hwy on November 3 last year.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa said McIntosh had been advised by traffic controller that there would be a 10 to 15 minute wait for motorists stopped at the works near Moonie.

Sgt Costa said McIntosh, 59, told the worker to "hurry the f... up" as he had time restrictions.

He said McIntosh had touched the brim of the controller's hat as well as saying, "I will punch your lights out if you don't let me through, that is a promise".

Defence solicitor Brad Skuse noted there had been no physical contact between his client and the traffic controller.

Mr Skuse said McIntosh had become frustrated with the wait and the traffic controller had played a part in the aggravation.

"My client certainly is extremely remorseful," Mr Skuse said.

He said the common assault charge had resulted in his client losing his job as a courier.

The court heard McIntosh had no previous criminal history and was embarrassed to be facing the charge.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said waiting at roadworks was just a part of life.

"These people, traffic controllers, they are just doing their job," Mr Carroll said.

He likened McIntosh's behaviour to road rage and said it would not be tolerated.

McIntosh was fined $1000.