Police made a surprising discovery after pulling over what appeared to be a driverless vehicle, in Maalot in the north of the country, on Thursday.

Upon closer inspection it turned out the driver was a 10-year-old boy with his father sitting next to him.

The boy’s father was arrested and the vehicle was impounded.

The incident came a day after Israel hailed a marked improvement in road safety statistics.

Aaccording to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Wednesday, the tally of traffic accidents, the number injured, and the number of fatalities marked double-digit drops in 2012 compared to the previous year.

The number of people killed on the road in 2012 was 263, the report said, 23 percent lower than in 2011 and the lowest figure in 49 years.

Police registered 12,484 accidents with casualties in 2012, 11.6% lower than the year before.

The breakdown also found that men were three times as likely to be the driver in a car crash as women, with 74% of the drivers reigistered in accidents with injuries being men, and only 26% women.