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Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States (MV PICCS) 2.0

CDC offers a newly updated interactive calculator, called the Motor Vehicle PICCS (Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States), pronounced “picks”. This tool will help state decision makers prioritize and select from a suite of 14 effective motor vehicle injury prevention interventions.

MV PICCS is designed to calculate the expected number and monetized value of injuries prevented and lives saved at the state level. The calculator also includes the costs of implementing up to 14 interventions, while taking into account available resources. A fact sheet for each intervention and a final report with a user guide are included.

Example of How MV PICCS Works

Purpose of MV PICCS

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Screenshot of MV PICCS with data results from an example state. 

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A medium-sized state has $1 million to implement proven interventions for motor vehicle injury prevention. The state uses CDC’s MV PICCS to get state-level recommendations on which interventions would prevent the most injuries, save the most lives, and be the most cost effective.

MV PICCS Recommends Interventions

The calculator assumes that any revenue generated by fines from the selected interventions would be used to supplement the state's $1 million budget. Through a Portfolio Analysis, MV PICCS recommends seven interventions:

  • Increased Seat Belt Fine
  • Red Light Camera
  • Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign
  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law
  • In Person License Renewal for Older Adults Aged 70+ Years
  • Sobriety Checkpoints

MV PICCS Lists the Potential Injuries Prevented, Lives Saved, Cost, and Revenue

MV PICCS estimates that these seven interventions would:

  • Prevent 105 deaths a year
  • Prevent 12,793 injuries a year
  • Cost $957,000 a year
    • Revenue from fines off-set the intervention costs
    • $43,000 remains from the $1 million budget
  • Have a benefit of $430,639,000 a year
    • Monetary benefit of lives saved and injuries prevented

MV PICCS Can Provide Recommendations With or Without Fines

However, there have been discussions in the state around the feasibility of using fines to implement other interventions. Therefore, the state wants to provide estimates for both scenarios (with and without fines being used to supplement the available resources/budget). The state tells MV PICCS to exclude fines in the Portfolio Analysis. Without fines and with a $1 million budget, MV PICCS recommends increased seat belt fine and a bicycle helmet law for children. MV PICCS estimates that increased seat belt fine and a bicycle helmet law for children would:

  • Prevent 24 deaths a year
  • Prevent 2,580 injuries a year
  • Cost $294,000 a year
    • $706,000 remains from the $1 million budget
  • Have a benefit of $90,471,000 a year
    • Monetary benefit of lives saved and injuries prevented
MV PICCS Facilitates Informed Decision Making

The state uses this information to help inform decision making.

Questions? Feedback?

If you have any questions or would like to share feedback on MV PICCS, please email us at DUIPInquiries@cdc.gov.

 

 

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