A STANHOPE man has lost his licence for a month after doing a burnout.
James William Head, 25, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to driving a vehicle causing loss of traction.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said Head was approaching a cul de sac in Long Gully when he accelerated hard and turned, causing smoke and the rear wheels to spin.
He then continued to do burnouts for about 15-20 seconds.
A mobile phone captured his actions and uploaded it to Facebook, Snr Constable Rennie said.
Representing himself, Head told the court ‘‘I was just having a bit of fun on New Year’s Eve’’.
‘‘It was stupidity. It was not the smartest idea on my behalf,’’ he said.
Magistrate John Murphy said New Year’s Eve was a particularly bad time on the roads.
‘‘People get killed,’’ he said.
‘‘Cars are not toys and roads are not playgrounds.’’
Mr Murphy convicted and fined him $500 and suspended his licence for a month.