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Quality of Life Index // OUR TIMES AS TOLD BY STATISTICS

Abortions performed in Tampa clinics last year:

5,500

Abortions performed in Orlando area clinics last year:

7,000

Vehicle thefts in Tampa, January through June, 1993:

3,849

Vehicle thefts in Tampa, first six months of 1994:

5,290

Vehicle thefts in Tampa, January through June, 1995:

3,247

Percentage of Hillsborough County's 158 waste water treatment plants that discharge treated effluent to Tampa Bay or other natural bodies of water: 5

Percentage of treatment plants that discharged effluent into waterways in 1973:

50

Number of Hillsborough County school buses on the road last May 25:

951

Number of motorists who illegally passed buses that had stopped to pick up or drop off students that day:

482

Number of those illegal passes made by cars:

358

Illegal passes made by light trucks:

95

Illegal passes made by heavy trucks:

18

Quality of Life Index, Sources

Abortions: The Orlando Sentinel, Sept. 20, 1995. Miami attorney Sheila Moylan cited the statistics, which she said the state of Florida supplied, during an Orlando planning board hearing last week. Moylan told the board that Orlando's abortions occurred at just three clinics. Tampa had significantly fewer abortions, she said, but they were spread out among four clinics.

Vehicle theft: "Official 1995 Semi-Annual Crime Report," prepared by the Tampa Police Department's support services division, August 1995.

Effluent discharges: "The State of the Environment," Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission 1994 Annual Report.

Illegal passes: University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research. The center asked school bus drivers to keep a count of vehicles that passed illegally on May 25. According to the survey, a motorcycle made one of the illegal passes, and a police car made another. The remaining nine of the 482 passes were unclassified.

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON with contributions from STEPHEN HEGARTY and BARBARA HIJEK.

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